Geologists have discovered a spot on the floor of the Atantic Ocean about 950 miles off the coast of Guyana where the earth’s crust is only about half a mile thickthinner than it is anywhere else in the world.

Geologist Roger Prince, a member of the team that located the spot, says that because the crust is so thin there, scientists may eventually be able to drill through it into the mantle, the layer between the crust and the earth’s core. This has never been done before. Normally, the crust is about 3.5 miles thick beneath the oceans and is up to 21 miles thick beneath mountain ranges on the continents.

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