Chinese engineers have begun construction of a well more than 10,000 meters deep for scientific exploration of the Earth’s interior.

The well began being excavated May 30 in the Tarim Basin in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and represents a milestone in China’s deep exploration of the Earth, reports xinhua.

With a design depth of 11,100 metres, the well is located deep in the Taklimakan Desertthe largest desert in China.

During the drilling process, equipment _including bits and drill pipes weighing more than 2,000 tons_, will go deep into the earthpenetrating more than 10 continental layers, including the Cretaceous, details FATHER.

Wang Chunsheng, a technical expert who joined the operation, said drilling a well more than 10,000 meters deep is a bold attempt to explore Earth’s uncharted territory and push the boundaries of human understanding.

The constructive difficulty of the drilling project can be compared to driving a large truck on two thin steel cables.said Sun Jinsheng, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The Tarim Basin is one of them the most difficult areas to explore due to the harsh terrestrial environment and difficult underground conditions.