One of the most repeated popular phrases in the world is that if you do very deep well in the ground, you can reach China. But now it seems that the Asian giant is going the other way: as it builds the largest tunnel for inland research.
Drilling of China’s first well over 10,000 meters deep for scientific research began on Tuesday in the Tarim Basin in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
It represents a milestone in China’s deep exploration of the Earth, providing an unprecedented opportunity to study areas of the planet deep below the surface.
The well with a design depth of 11,100 meters is located deep in China’s largest desert, Takla Makan.
During the drilling process, equipment, including bits and drill pipes weighing more than 2,000 tons, will go deep into the earth, penetrating more than 10 continental strata, including the Cretaceous system.
Wang Chunsheng, a technical expert who joined the operation, said that drilling a well more than 10,000 meters deep is a bold attempt to explore the uncharted territory of the Earth and push the boundaries of human understanding.
“The complexity of building a drilling project can be compared to driving a big truck on two thin steel cables,” said Sun Jinsheng, a scientist at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The Tarim Basin is one of the most difficult areas to explore due to the harsh ground conditions and complex subterranean conditions.
Source: Digital Trends
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