Many of us were warned as children that if we kept digging a hole we would exit through China. Unfortunately, there were a number of geological and geographic technical issues to overcome--including that China is the destination only if we live in parts of Argentina or Chile. To determine our exit, we need to calculate antipodes. Antipodes are points exactly opposite on the surface of the Earth. If a line was passed from the surface of the Earth through the center and out the other side, the points on the surface that are intersected by the line are antipodes. For most of the United States, the whole we dug would have emerged underneath the Indian Ocean, far from any land.
Article Written By David Chandler
David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.