China is drilling a 10,000-meter deep hole into the Earth's crust, attracting global attention.
The reaction to China's drilling method has been mixed.
The drilling began in Xinjiang, an oil-rich region of China.
The narrow shaft will pass through 10 layers of rock and reach the cretaceous system, which is 145 million years old.
The project is as challenging as driving a huge truck on thin steel cables.
China's deep drilling aims to explore the Earth extensively and detect environmental risks like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The hole will help scientists make forecasts and issue alarms for potential disasters.
China's focus on scientific advancement is evident as they simultaneously sent their first civilian astronaut to space.
President Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of Earth exploration and identifying energy resources in his 2021 speech.
The Russian Kola Superdeep Borehole is the deepest man-made hole ever drilled, reaching over 12,000 meters.
The Russian drilling process was interrupted due to scientific visits and celebrations at the site.