posted on Oct, 2 2012 @ 11:32 AM
It may sound silly, but I think we should leave well enough alone. Seeing as how in our history mankind has never drilled into the Earth's mantle
scientists can only theorize what amount of pressure could be released even by drilling only a relatively small hole in it. Even though the chances
are miniscule I would think there might exist the possibility of the small hole becoming a bigger hole and causing fissures in the crust that could
spread, and spread, and spread, eventually causing the "worldwide super quake" scenario to occur.
Yeah, I know it's far fetched, but even so it IS possible. Look at what happened in the Gulf of Mexico with the BP oil spill. From what I've heard
from friends who work in the Gulf on off-shore rigs even though the well was capped it is still seeping at the floor due to numerous other small
fissures caused by pressure. So it concerns me what the possible repercussions could be from drilling into the Earth's mantle, and I wonder what
safeguards they will have in place in case something goes wrong- and if they will be adequate.
EDIT: To say I know it sounds a bit like "fear mongering" though that isn't my intent. I just want to point out that scientists don't really KNOW what
the repercussions could be, and that scientific curiosity in my opinion doesn't outweigh safety of the population!
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