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There is a Hole in the World

The World's Largest Diamond Mine





It's been linked around a fair bit, but usually without the images. You need the images for this. It's in Russia. At the moment, everything cool seems to be centred round Russia.

And Japan.

Lets not forget Japan, for in Japan, where everyone wants to reduce the Earth to a manageable object, last year Japanese scientists announced plans to explore the centre of the Earth: "Using a giant drill ship launched, the researchers aim to be the first to punch a hole through the rocky crust that covers our planet and to reach the mantle below."

...

"The 57,500-tonne drill ship Chikyu (Japanese for Earth) is being prepared in the southern port of Nagasaki. Two-thirds the length of the Titanic, it is fitted with technology borrowed from the oil industry that will allow it to bore through 7,000 metres of crust below the seabed while floating in 2,500 metres of water – requiring a drill pipe 25 times the height of the Empire State building."

It's like a bad Hollywood film.

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capnoblivious
Aug. 9th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
Ah, but if they suck out the molten core and replace it with a star drive, it'd be like bad 60s british scifi.
benpeek
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
...there wasn't a show where earth was a gaint spaceship hurling through space, was there?
capnoblivious
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
There may have been, and there should have been, but I was referring to the Dalek's master plan in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, not to be confused with the Dalek's master plan in The Dalek's Master Plan.
benpeek
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
ew. dr who.

i'd so what a show where the planet was turned into a giant spaceship, though.
capnoblivious
Aug. 9th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Huh.

Space 1999 had the moon turned into a giant spaceship.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_1999

benpeek
Aug. 9th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
that's not as cool as tooling round the universe on the earth.
catsparx
Aug. 9th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
Judging by the size and shape of the hole in Russia... are you sure the japanese haven't built their burrowing contraption and drilled off already????
benpeek
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
surely we would have heard about that?

(not, you know, that i had heard about this giant fucking hole in the ground, of course. or the proposal for the drill. but SURELY if the two were combined...)

you have th best little icons, btw.
catsparx
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
I figure the main point to blogging is the icons.

and yeah, big snakes. never saw a big snake movie I didn't like.
benpeek
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
this movie just writes itself.

(i had icons for a while. i got sick of them. now i am icon free.)
speshal_k
Aug. 9th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
Actually I've been meaning to comment on this icon too. It's Little My isn't it?

I *love* the Moomin books, although haven't read any of them in a good while.

(RE: Snakes. I don't think they're particularly big, but there's a new movie just come out over here - 'Snakes on a Plane', in which there are snakes and they're on a plane.)
catsparx
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
little My it is. I always felt a special affinity with her.
mme_publisher
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
I can't wait for the part where the helicopter (flown by Bruce Willis) that's supposed to rescue the guys from the Japanese ship nearly gets sucked into the diamond mine but manages to pull out just in time. Without spilling any of the vaccine.*

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*"What vaccine?" you ask. Once Bruce Willis is flying the helicopter, does it really matter?
benpeek
Aug. 9th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
i simply assume that there are giant poisonous snakes down that hole. prehistoric ones, in fact, with ancient venom that is like, i dunno, AIDS? then you realise the governments of the world have a vaccine, or some young scientist cures it. cause the snakes will destroy the world, so it's, like, urgent.
mme_publisher
Aug. 9th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the one!

barthanderson
Aug. 9th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
[first pic]

That's no moon.
ironed_orchid
Aug. 9th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
Wow.
bodhichitta0
Aug. 9th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I think they should put a baseball diamond near that thing. That would put a bit of fun in the game again. "A long fly ball to left field... Sanchez jumps for it and... oh no... oh no... he's fallen down the mine! The coach is calling for Rodriguez off the bench!"
benpeek
Aug. 10th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
are all the men falling intot he hole mexican, or is it just my imagination ;)
bodhichitta0
Aug. 14th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
They're from the Dominican Republic. What's your point? ;-)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 10th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
cracking open the egg
Since Japan must be one of the most tectonically active regions of the earth aren't they a little wary about disturbing the geological status quo? Or maybe they're planning to send this ship to drill somewhere a little safer - just off the coast of San Francisco, perhaps.
claredudman
Aug. 10th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
cracking open the egg
sorry, that was me, didn't mean to be anonymous
benpeek
Aug. 10th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: cracking open the egg
personally, i think it's every japanese scientists secret dream to destroy the earth. really.
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