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Despite what they like to tell you on the TV, digging straight through the centre of the earth isn't likely to wind you up in Australia or China at all.
That's crushing news to discover for those who've taken the arduous journey through the planet's crust - although in fairness they will have met almost certain death and so will be none the wiser.
Where does it take you though? Unsurprisingly, it depends where you start digging from; however one website can tell you so that you need never even pick up a spade.
Antipodesmap.com is a simple site that calculates a straight line through the earth from a location you type in, showing you where you would end up. The bad news for most of us is that, with Earth covered by 70 percent ocean, most of the time you're just going to end up in the sea.
There is, listed on the site, a number of cities that are in fact diametrically opposite each other. Big hitters included the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo in South America, which finds its antipode (that means the spot on the earth directly opposite from you, by the way) is none other than South Korean capital Seoul in Asia!
A number of Chinese cities have antipodes in Argentina meanwhile, including Hong Kong with La Quiaca, while New Zealand and Spain also share a couple - most notably Christchurch and A Coruna.
As the description on the site itself states: "The Most of Europeans and Americans believe that if you dig a hole, in a straight line through the centre of the Earth, you would come out on the other side right in China."
It continues: "But this is just a saying, because, in reality, if you dig a straight tunnel, in most areas, of Europe or United States you will come out in the ocean. The only places where a straight hole will emerge in China ar parts in Argentina and Chile."
So there you go. Still, it's fun to see what part of the ocean you'd end up in.
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