Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 14

Drilling

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 10, 2006 on The History Channel
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Drilling
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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 (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

    • 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

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