The Biggest Dig

Pacella, Rena Marie
November 2005
Popular Science;Nov2005, Vol. 267 Issue 5, p42
This article reports on the first scientific mission of the Japanese research vessel Chikyu in the southwestern coast of Japan beginning in late 2007. The 57,500-ton rig is equipped with a 5.9-mile-long drill designed to blast four miles into Earth's crust and strike the semi-molten mantle that lies beneath it.


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