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Shaking hands with the devil: the deepest hole ever drilled

The Kola Superdeep Borehole drilling rig enclosure standing over 200 feet tall. (Image via Creative Commons)

During the Cold War, while the Space Race pitted the Soviet Union against the United States to conquer the skies, the two countries were also vying to drill as deep as possible into the earth. The USSR embarked on drilling a hole in 1970 on the Kola Peninsula located east of Finland.  By 1983 the project, named the Kola Superdeep ...

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