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If you were to fall through a hole in the earth, what would kill you first?

It's the events in the fall that kill you when there is no landing.

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One of the most common thought experiments is to dig a hole straight through the Earth. It may impart knowledge on a wide range of planet-related topics as well as some really neat physics. But excavating such a hole is not conceivable, for our world’s interior is composed of layers that are liquid and molten before reaching the solid inner core. The pressure felt by a deeper layer would be insurmountable, even on a planet or moon that is entirely solid.

But we have dug our grave and are equipped with our advanced mind technology. Our lovely hole, which is around 12,756 kilometers (7,926 miles) long, is prepared. As I am ready to cut the ribbon to officially announce the completion of the project, you dash by me and yell, “Cannonball!” One single tear slides down my face. Just now, you leaped to your demise.

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Some people find it hot.

For many reasons, our hole in the Earth is a death trap. The temperature is the first thing that would kill you. You may have noticed that mine become hot if you have ever been down one. The Kola Superdeep Borehole, which is a little over 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) deep—roughly 0.1 percent of the length of our hypothetical hole—is the deepest hole that has ever been dug by humans.

The temperature was the cause of their drilling cessation. The temperature at the bottom of the hole was 180°C (356°F) just 12 kilometers below the surface. This result, which was far greater than what the models had predicted, was unexpected by the experts working on the research.

It won’t take long if that gives you any comfort. It is projected that it will take 38 minutes and 11 seconds to go through a hole in our globe. It would be far quicker to cook you than to reach the other side.

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Under duress

I was so sorry for your loss that I used my Thought Space-patented time reversal device to go back in time to before you leaped. I tell you what transpired in that alternate timeline and request that you don a heat-resistant outfit, but please do not interfere with my ritual. You leap in and charge in just as I’m about to cut the ribbon again. I am aware that even with the suit’s protection, you will ultimately perish.

Pressure is the killer this time. The enormous pressure surge will crush you. You are feeling a few tens of kilometers of air above you at sea level. You would get thousands of kilometers in the hole. The air will undergo phase changes as a result of the extreme pressure and compression, most likely turning it into a superfluid. And you will be a component of that mixture.

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Death clap

The time reversal is employed once more. You point out that, if the pressure rises to such an extent, we have likely expelled all air from the planet’s surface, eradicating the majority of living forms, including the eight billion of us who currently inhabit it. I explain the circumstances. I agree with you that this is a problem, therefore I go back in time to the design stage and confirm that the hole is under vacuum.

This time, you are lowering yourself into the airlock gradually. And plunge, out of the reach of pressure and temperature. After that, you pass away. Alright, I take this one. According to the design, the hole travels from outside your home to the other side of the planet, and you are taking the rotational acceleration that resulted from your departure with you because of Earth’s rotation. However, this causes you to drift against the walls as you travel inside the Earth. at a rapid pace. Thus, you’ll be hitting the walls at an increasingly rapid pace, akin to a rag doll. That must be painful.

We ran well.

Having the hole through the Earth’s rotational axis is the solution to it. Now that it’s moved there, you may leap from the North Pole to the South Pole safely, taking 38 minutes and 11 seconds to reach there.

A small amount of air may slow you down in the middle and prevent you from losing the momentum you need to attach yourself to the opposite airlock, but even so, you might still perish because no vacuum is perfect. From the start, this might be resolved with a hard effort.

That would depend on my level of forgiveness for you pointing out how gloomy and post-apocalyptic my thought experiment was.

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I'm Michael, a young enthusiast with an insatiable curiosity for the mysteries of science and technology. As a passionate explorer of knowledge, I envisioned a platform that could not only keep us all informed about the latest breakthroughs but also inspire us to marvel at the wonders that surround us.
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