Gaping Hole in the Earth’s Crust

Whod’a thunk? Apparently our own homeworld has a gaping hole in the crust in the Atlantic ocean, 1000s of kilometers across. The crust is simply missing, as reported by the BBC:

Scientists are to sail to the mid-Atlantic to examine a massive “open wound” on the Earth’s surface.Dr Chris MacLeod, from Cardiff University, said the Earth’s crust appeared to be completely missing in an area thousands of kilometres across.The hole in the crust is midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. . . He said it was an “open wound on the surface of the Earth”, where the oceanic crust, usually 6-7km thick (3.7-4.3 miles), was simply not there. . . “Effectively it’s a huge rupture – one side is being pulled away from the other. It’s created a rupture so big it’s actually pulled the entire crust away.

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Scientists probe ‘hole in Earth’

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4 responses to “Gaping Hole in the Earth’s Crust

  1. What’s kind of funny is that efforts have been made in places to drill through the crust and study what lies beneath…to no avail. And all along they could have just studied this hole, oh well, good intentions and all that. JMO -Doug

  2. Remember, Atlantis is supposedly somewhere there in the Atlantic. Maybe it fell through the hole.

    What you say is true. Maybe they realized they wouldn’t get as much federal funding if they drilled in a place where there wasn’t any crust. Life is nasty, brutish, and short, you know–why not get as much out of the authorities as possible. HL

  3. Scott de B.

    Too bad, this forestalls the Expedition to the Hollow Earth by just a few months.

  4. Okay, so what happened then?

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