Dig a Hole Through Google Earth

Dig a Hole through Google EarthEver wonder what would happen if you dug a hole straight through the Earth, where would you end up? Recently, Google Earth Community member ‘KoflAIR‘ posted a simple little mashup for Google Earth which makes this possible! You simply load his network link , and zoom in to a place you want to dig. A “Dig Here” placemark will appear after a short pause. Double click the “Dig Here” icon and you will be flown to the other side of the Earth from that point. You may want to zoom back out to figure out where you ended up. Since the Earth is nearly 75% covered with water, don’t be surprised if you end up in the sea. Interestingly, digging through the Earth from the Forbidden City in Beijing ends up in Argentina. Thanks for posting this ‘KoflAIR’!
When Google Maps mashups started appearing, it wasn’t long before hole digging applications started appearing. Here is one example from last year called Earth as a Sandwich – which is probably one of the better maps versions. The Google Earth one is pretty cool though.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. If you dig while looking at Madrid, the capital of Spain, you end up just next to Wellington in New Zealand !
    Awesome 🙂
    And yes, unfortunately most places have their hole going to the ocean, almost all of europe and the US …

  2. Why is it that “we” always say that China is on the other side (ref. China Syndrome)? The really weird thing is that I have heard this “fairytale” told both in Europe and North America. First of all, the opposite side would have to be on the southern hemisphere, but China is on the northern. And China can’t seriously be opposite to both Europe AND North America.

  3. I cannot get the talleye site to work. When I enter a city and country I get nothing. Not even an error message. I am using a Mac with 10.4 os
    Would like some suggestions

  4. that is weird, i was thinking i was going to end up in china

  5. Mostly the people of Argentina would end up in China if they would dig a hole and find a way to survive the heat of the core 😉
    Q: If all Argentines would jummp at the same time would the Chinese feel it? 😀

  6. Here is something I find amazing: go to Mecca 21°25′N 39°49′E, dig a hole, then zoom out. You end up somewhere close to French Polynesia, and it *looks* like you are exactly in the middle of nowhere, equally distant to all major continents.

  7. Here’s a new way to dig through the earth using the new Javascript-programmable Google Earth that works in the browser:

  8. L. Rosing says:

    I find it very stupid, whats so funny about going to the opposit side, all while your’e looking for details whaam you go somewhere pointless. Maybe you can just press it again, but no, I want it out of GE, anyone knows how to remove it ?!

  9. -start menu
    -all files and folders
    -right click the file
    -recycle bin
    -delete the file completely

  10. does the Google maps algorithm do a sphere or oval earth?

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