Scientists planning $1 billion mission to drill into the Earth’s mantle

  • By Ryan Whitwam on October 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

 
Deep below the our feet, past the thin crust of our planet, lies the mantle. Despite making up the vast majority of the Earth’s mass, we know very little about the composition of this region. What could be there? Mole-men? Crab people? Probably nothing so fanciful, but a team of international researchers are about to find out. At an estimated cost of $1 billion, geologists headed by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) are preparing to start drilling into the mantle for the first time.

Read more: Scientists planning $1 billion mission to drill into the Earth’s mantle — ExtremeTech.

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