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If you could drill from Wilmington straight through the Earth, where would you end up on the other side?

Merton Vance
StarNews

You’d be in the Indian Ocean, off the west coast of Australia.

Locations on opposite sides of the world are known as antipodes, and given that about 70 percent of the planet is covered with water, there’s a good chance that an antipode is going to be wet.

In fact, the antipodes for most points in the lower 48 states of the United States would end up in the Indian Ocean.

Remember the old story from childhood about digging a hole to China? Well, if you started in Beijing, you’d end up in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

Here are some websites with more information on antipodes and how to locate them:

http://www.umsl.edu/~fraundorfp/nanowrld/newlive/globe.html

http://joehohk.0fees.net/Location.html

http://www.answers.com/topic/antipodes

http://www.antipodemap.com/

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3 Responses to “ If you could drill from Wilmington straight through the Earth, where would you end up on the other side?”

  1. On October 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm Anonymous wrote:

    OK. I get the antipode thing.

    But if you literally dug a hole ‘straight through’ the Earth at Wilmington — but ‘straight’ in the sense of following a line parallel to the Equator — where would one come out on the other side?

    I believe the geometric term for this kind of line — which passes through a circle or sphere, but not through its center — is called a chord.

    Where would such a hole take us?

  2. On October 11, 2009 at 2:01 pm B.J. Eversole wrote:

    To answer the question in the comments section, the best that I can figure using Google Maps, is that point is in Kashmir, India (though, of course, Pakistan also claims the area). I could be wrong, though.

  3. On December 6, 2009 at 8:26 pm Janet Herring wrote:

    Its funny to read this question – as we moved from Carolina Beach 3 years ago to Perth, Western Australia – the farthest we could go from CB!!



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