Drilling deeper than ever before

Ultradeep well in desert hits 10-kilometer milestone after 270 days of perseverance

China Daily | Updated: 2024-03-26 09:49
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The Shenditake 1 well in the hinterland of the Taklimakan Desert in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. JIN TIAN/FOR CHINA DAILY

In a feat of human perseverance and ingenuity, on March 4, the diamond-tipped drill boring deep into the Earth at the Tarim Basin in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, successfully crossed the 10,000-meter mark.

The drill hole, named Shenditake 1, with a designed depth of 11,100 meters is China's deepest well for scientific exploration, according to China National Petroleum Corp, its operator.

The progress made on the borehole signifies a major breakthrough for China in the field of deep-Earth exploration, following the country's deep-space and deep-sea scientific endeavors.

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