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The planet on which you are standing is likely nothing like what you imagine it to be.
You might have a picture of the ground beneath as being made up of dirt and rocks,
and the occasional blind mole rat kingdom or dinosaur graveyard.
And, if you dig a little, you would have that belief somewhat confirmed.
Dig a little deeper, and you would begin to discover that what you thought of as the earth…
Is but a porous floating crust of firm detritus upon a thick layer of slushy silicate…
A thin film of cooled minerals on a molten substrate.
Descend deep into the earth, and you will find temperatures and pressures
thousands to millions of times what we experience on the surface;
Rewriting everything you think you know about the normal states of matter on earth.
There is a lot more to the earth than what we can see or touch.
It has a diameter of around 8000 miles
Making it somewhere in the 4000 mile range from surface to core.
Yet the deepest hole we’ve ever drilled is a measly 7 and a half miles deep.
It took over 20 years to get that deep, and fun fact,