Since the dawn of man, human beings have remained fascinated by what lies deep beneath the surface of the Earth. Of course, these days, when it seems like everyone wants to get to Mars, we know more about the stars and skies than ever before. However, as we continue to stare towards the universe with wonder, many overlook the incredible, mysterious phenomena found right here at home, including the deepest hole in the world: the Kola Superdeep Borehole.
In a desolate region of Russia, far away from most cities and towns, scientists have spent the last few decades doing the unthinkable: drilling towards the center of the Earth! Now, they have created the deepest hole ever, going further than any human before them. It all seemed to be going great, until the researchers discovered something that forced them to seal their experiment forever…
Cold War Inspired Dig War
During the Cold War, tensions between America were at their highest. In response, competing scientific teams in America and Russia started to research how to dig into the Earth’s crust. After all, at the time, hiding underground was the only viable way to survive in the event of a nuclear war. At that time, thoughts of escaping to another planet were nothing but science-fiction.
In the 1950s, the American government launched Project Monhole, which saw engineers drilling more than 600 feet into the ground. However, within a decade, the project lost its funding. The Russians, however, were not as quick to stop their expedition into the Earth.