August 9th, 2006


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.