January 17, 2006


Drilling for answers to Earth's origin (Leo Lewis, The Australian, January 17, 2006)

The world's most technologically advanced exploration ship sailed yesterday on a mission that may reveal the origin of life on Earth.

The Japanese ship Chikyu is intending to drill 7km below the seabed - more than three times deeper than has ever been done before. It will then raise to the surface a cylinder 1.5m long and 15cm wide which could contain science's first glimpse of a "living" sample of the earth's mantle.

"The 20th century was all about the origin of matter and the universe, so it seemed useful to go to space and the moon," the project's director-general, Asahiko Taira, said.

"There were extraordinary advances and we learnt about atoms and the Big Bang. The 21st century is about the fundamental question of where life comes from."

They seek it here, They seek it there,
Those wizards seek it- everywhere!
Is it in Heaven Or is it in Hell?
That demned, illusive Pimpernel!.

(With apologies to Baroness Emmuska Orczy)

Posted by Peter Burnet at January 17, 2006 5:23 PM

To be at Chick U with a big drill (hey now!), trying to figure out where life comes from...hmmmm

Posted by: KRS at January 17, 2006 7:44 PM

Haven't we seen enough sci-fi movies where this type of thing causes the earth to implode?

Posted by: AWW at January 17, 2006 8:08 PM

Finally - we will find absolute proof of the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa. Hope those drillers are unionized!

Posted by: obc at January 17, 2006 10:46 PM

Won't the Earth leak if you do this?

Posted by: RC at January 18, 2006 12:28 AM

What happened to all those balls of manganese that I kept hearing about in high school and college?

And are these guys going to find Sponge Bob - my son would be very interested in that.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 18, 2006 1:13 AM

We must flee!!!

Posted by: Mikey at January 18, 2006 7:46 AM