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Can you really dig a hole to China? This site has the answer.

Can you really dig a hole to China from California? The Antipodes Map site has the answer, though a dog might have a difficult time finding it.
Can you really dig a hole to China from California? The Antipodes Map site has the answer, though a dog might have a difficult time finding it. The Sacramento Bee file

If you could dig a hole straight through the Earth, would you really pop out in China?

It’s a question people – okay, mostly kids – have wondered about for years. Now the Antipodes Map site has the answer.

And it turns out that if you live in Sacramento, the answer’s … not so much.

According to the site, a hole dug straight through the Earth from Sacramento would come out in the Indian Ocean somewhere southeast of Madagascar.

Better pack a swimsuit.

If you want to dig a hole to China, you’re better off starting in South America, according to the site. For example, a hole started in Buenos Aires, Argentina, would end up in Shanghai. If you prefer Beijing, the site suggests starting in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.

The antipode of any point on the Earth’s surface is the point diametrically opposite to it. Essentially, they two points are connected by an imaginary straight line running through the Earth. The site calculates the antipode for any city or zip code entered by converting the latitude and longitude to the opposite hemisphere.

It turns out that most places on land don’t have land-based antipodes, reports the site. And there are no direct commercial flights between antipodal locations.

The creators say they built the site to answer the age-old question and pass on a little geographical knowledge. It has a PayPal button for donations for upkeep and further development.

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