There are about 60,000 meters of rocky crust and hot magma separating the Earth’s surface from its molten core. But how deep can a human really go? It turns out we know more about the nearby stars than we do about our or own oceanic trenches.
Here are 9 of the deepest places on planet Earth.
1. Woodingdean Well, UK — 392 meters
Woodingdean is an eastern suburb of Brighton, located in East Sussex, England. It is known for having the deepest well in the world, dug by hand between 1858-1862 by lifers from the local prison. How many of them had died during the excavation?
2. Vertigo Cave, Slovenia — 603 meters
Vertigo Cave in Slovenia was discovered by a joint Slovenian-Italian group of cave explorers in 1996. This cave has the deepest karst well in the world, going down as deep as 603 meters. If you accidentally fall into this hole, you will experience 11 seconds of freefall and unfathomable terror before you turn into a human pancake.
3. The Bingham Canyon Quarry, Utah — 970 meters
This quarry is the largest manmade hole on the planet. After more than a century of mining, a large 970-meter-deep crater was formed. This quarry could fit the entire Burj Khalifa — the tallest structure in the world, towering at 828 meters above sea level.
4. Lake Baikal, Russia — 1,642 meters
Baikal is the deepest lake on Earth. The current approximation of its maximum depth is 1,642 m, which is insane if you compare it to the deepest pool on the planet (40 meters..