Modern Marvels

Drilling

Season 13, Ep 14, Aired 5/10/06
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  • Episode Description
  • The program features the quest to drill the deepest hole ever and the scientific drill ship expected to perform the feat, and also looks at drills used to recover ice cores that will unearth thousands of years of climate history.

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: Spiraling deep into the Earth, searching for water, oil and knowledge. Grinding, crushing and scraping away through earth, steel, ice or stone. Now, Drilling, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Alan Eades Eades Drilling & Pump Service George E. Moss Well Drilling Historian Alfred W. Eustes III, PhD Colorado School of Mines Jeff Newhook Field Drilling Engineer, Chevron USA Harold Tobin, PhD Research Geophysicist Charles Bentley, PhD Principle Investigator, Ice Core Drilling Bob Paulos Associate Director of Engineering, IceCube Ed Tanner Atlas Copco Construction Mining Tech. Gary S. Brierley, PhD Author, “Construction of Hoosac Tunnel” Brett Robinson Project Engineer Bryan Hadley TBM Operator Anibal Betanzos Robotics Programmer Karl Brown Engineering Technician Cory Amsler VP Collections, Mercer Museum Jim Heavey Master Craftsman Vince Staten Author, “Did Monkeys Invent the Monkey Wrench?” Claude B. Reed, PhD Manager, Laser Applications, Argonne Labs Raj Kumar VP Engineering, DDI Global Monte Dreyer Laser Applications Engineer

    Trivia (5)

    • In 1971, Apollo astronauts used a special cordless power drill developed by Black & Decker to remove core samples from the moon.

    • A boring machine used to drill the English Channel Tunnel was buried there in 1991. It was intentionally diverted off the tunnel path, stripped, and entombed in concrete so that another boring machine coming from the opposite direction could finish the job.

    • In the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Russia drilled the Kola Superdeep Borehole. At more than seven miles, it's the deepest hole ever drilled, but if failed to reach the Moho Layer.

    • Howard Huges Sr. opted to lease rather than sell his roller bit, charging oil companies $30,000 per well and quickly amassing his fortune.

    • The Ogallala Aquifer underlies portions of 8 states from South Dakota to Texas

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