Back during the Cold War era, Soviet scientists made some very interesting discoveries after digging the deepest hole in the world. They drilled for 24 years before calling off the operation and welding shut the hole.
In the Cold War era of 1970, Soviet scientists decided to drill into the Earth’s crust at the Kola Peninsula of Russia “to gain a better understanding of the nature of the Earth’s crust,” according to the information presented in the Sci show video below. For 24 years, they drilled on and off, and the result was the Kola Superdeep Borehole, which has a depth of 7.5 miles (about 12 km), according to Mother Nature Network.
After drilling for decades, scientists found microscopic fossils of single-celled organisms 4 miles down. The fossils were over 2 billion years old and represented 24 ancient species. There’s also no indication how they got there. Most interestingly, water was also discovered at the same depths—something the scientists thought impossible.
“By far the most riveting discovery from the project, however, was the detection of microscopic plankton fossils in rocks over 2 billion years old, found four miles beneath the surface,” said Bryan Nelson, a reporter with Mother Nature Network.
“These ‘microfossils’ represented about 24 ancient species, and were encased in organic compounds which somehow survived the extreme pressures and temperatures that exist so far beneath the Earth.”
The drilling was called off in 1994 after it became too hot at the depths they had drilled to. The temperature recorded in the hole at 7.5 miles underground was 356 degrees Fahrenheit (about 180 degrees Celsius).
The project was finally terminated in 2005, and the hole was welded shut with a rusted metal cap.
If you are wondering whether there were other reasons that prompted the Soviet scientists to begin this project, the answer is yes. However, this is where it gets weird, so it’s advisable to take this with a pinch of salt.
It’s claimed the drilling was called off due to the excessively high temperatures, but … according to a longstanding “rumor,” it was called off after workers ‘heard the screaming from tortured souls’ from a microphone they had purportedly lowered down, before it melted 17 seconds later. It is thus the hole was also dubbed the “Well to Hell.”
It gets weirder than that, but it might be best we don’t delve too deep.
As to the amazing discovery of water that was found, well, that is believed to be receded water left over from the Biblical event known as Noah’s flood.
“Nobody has drilled into the mantle or crust so there’s no observations as to what’s under the crust,” said the narrator in the Plano Existential video.
“I would like you to question what we’ve been told.
“The back up the account of a great flood. Genesis refers to ‘all the fountains of the great deep’.
“Rock shouldn’t be porous but there’s water there, supporting the claim that there was a great flood covering the entire earth.”
But, then again, you may want to just go with a more straight-forward explanation for the Soviets’ reason for drilling: to simply have the glory of having the deepest hole in the world.