"Workers in Kentucky are drilling a 2,000-foot hole that will become the deepest seismic observatory in the Midwest. The project, located at the edge of a soybean
field near Sassafras Ridge, will monitor the New Madrid Seismic Zonewhere three jumbo earthquakes shook the Midwest in the early 1800s, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
"Once the drillers reach bedrock 2,000 feet down, they will put a
steel casing in the hole and fix a seismometer to the bottom, allowing
geologists to monitor the Earth's rumblings."
Ha! Bask in your wretched inferiority, fellow midwesterners. Your holes are just holes, while our holes are seismic observatories. Remember that the next time you accuse the local U.S. Geological Survey of not knowing their legitimate scientific pursuits from a hole in the ground.
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