RUSSIA WON'T DRILL SUPERDEEP KOLA PENINSULA HOLE TO 15,000 M TARGET

Russia has tentatively decided not to try to drill the world's deepest hole to its original 15,000 m (49,212 ft) target depth. Moscow's Trud newspaper reported that drilling in the SG-3 superdeep hole probably will be halted at the 13,000 m (42,650 ft) mark. Site is on the Kola Peninsula near the Norwegian border west of Murmansk. Present depth was said to be about 12,261 m (40,226 ft), indicating no progress has been made in more than 1 year. A Russian report last summer claimed that

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