These are the deepest and largest man-made holes in the world
- Since the early 1960s, humans have attempted to drill down to the Earth's mantle.
- Russia holds the record for the deepest man-made hole in the world at more than 40,000 feet deep. That's 7.6 miles.
- No one has ever reached the Earth's mantle, although scientists have never given up trying to get to it.
- Some of the other deepest man-made holes are from oil companies, while some of the largest holes have been dug to extract copper and diamonds.
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America might have landed on the moon, but Russia drilled the deepest man-made hole on Earth.
Since the early 1960s, scientists have attempted to drill down to the Earth's mantle.It took 20 years, but Russia drilled down 40,230 feet into the earth, before heat forced work to stop. Despite reaching such a depth, Russia never got to the mantle. But nearby residents have said they can hear souls screaming in hell coming from it.
After that, Germany and Japan entered the race. But, still, no one's managed to drill to the mantle.
Outside of science, oil companies have drilled deep and narrow to extract oil, and mining companies have dug large and wide to extract copper and diamonds.
These are the deepest and largest man-made holes in the world.