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Antipode Calculator - What is on the Other Side of the Earth?

Updated on September 16, 2013

If I Dig Through the Earth, Will I be in China?

As a child, I remember digging in my sandbox that my father had constructed for me. He would tell me, "if you keep digging, your going to dig through to China."

I always wondered what he was talking about and then I remembered seeing cartoons that showed people digging through the Earth and coming up in in front of a bunch of Asian people with pointy little hats on.

The Earth is a pretty amazing place and there are many things we don't know about it. One of them is the "antipode." The antipode is the exact opposite side of the Earth that you are. In this website, there is a calculator where you can put in your address and it will show you exactly where the other side of the Earth is.

If you are planning on digging through the Earth, there are some amazing facts that you should know before you begin.

Also, how fast are we going? In other words, did you know that we are spinning at speeds that you don't realize? Some are spinning faster than others. This site will also take you to a location where you can figure how fast you are really going.

This is intended to be a learning website with some fun in-between. Thanks for visiting and let me know what you think!

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Some Theme Music for your Digging Pleasure - Fixing a Hole by the Beatles

Get "Fixing a Hole" Here! - On the "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" CD

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

This was the first Beatles album I ever had.

It is a fantastic compilation of many of their hits and many silly songs that you will remember, once you hear them.

Originally, I had this album in Mono (how boring) but it has been incredibly remastered into full stereo and is quite incredible.

If you are looking for your first Beatles album or if you have never owned this one, I highly recommend it!


Earth, Sun and Moon Rap! - Very educational!

"First law on holes - when you're in one, stop digging! "

Denis Healey

The Diameter of the Earth 7926.28 Miles

Earth diameter
Earth diameter

How Long to Dig to China?

3,185 Years

Well, considering that the Earth is 7926.28 miles in diameter, we need to figure this in feet. That amount of miles = just a little over 41,850,758 feet. The average digger (without modern machinery) can dug a 6 foot grave in about 4 hours. This being said it would take 27,900,505 hours or 1,162, 521 days. In other words, if you dug straight down, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and without and obstacles, it would take you just under 3,185 years. Despite that fact that all you will be buying a shovel, you may want to consider just flying there.

The Other Side?

The Other Side?
The Other Side?

"I thought I knew a lot about music. Then you start digging and the deeper you go, the more there is."

John Mellencamp

The Earth has an internal temperature of 13,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Please use a tempered shovel.

Spinning Out of Control

I'm Getting Dizzy!

Did you know that the Earth spins at a little less than 1,000 miles per hour at the equator and 0 miles per hour at the poles?

This is why space launches take place as close to the equator as possible to take advantage of the speed.

How Fast Am I Spinning at My Location? - Online Calculator to Find Out

Online calculator to find out how fast you are going at your location

The Ants Dig to China - A Buck Wilder Adventure

The Ants Dig To China (Buck Wilder Adventures)
The Ants Dig To China (Buck Wilder Adventures)

Who better than Buck Wilder to keep our kids happy with his adventurous and humorous imagination.

The ants are at it again and this one also has the hidden meaning and helps kids learn about life.

If you have never bought a Buck Wilder chapter book for your young child (or yourself), this is the one to get! A lot of action, fun and great illustrations!



How Much Does the Earth Weigh?

The Earth is an estimated 6.6 sextillion tons.

That number looks like 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

The Truth About December 21, 2012 - Will the planets align, thus causing our sun to wobble or split?

The Amazing Planet Earth - Entire Series on DVD - Discount Price From

"The first thing you ought to do when you find yourself in a hole is quit digging. . . . Instead they are looking for a bigger shovel."

Bill Clinton

Digging to China - 1998

Digging To China
Digging To China

If you love Kevin Bacon, which most people do, you will love this movie.

This is not actually about Digging to China but is about a young girl who befriends a mentally challenged man. Instead of running away, she learns some life lessons through the relationship.

This is a highly rated move and if you have never seen it, it is a "must see!"


"I kept on digging the hole deeper and deeper looking for the treasure chest until I finally lifted my head, looked up and realized that I had dug my own grave."


Your Thoughts on Planet Earth? - Thanks for the Visit!

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      David Edward Lynch 

      5 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Fortunately gravity keeps us grounded on earth. Thought it was Australia we'd reach if we dug through the earth. This is a funny, entertaining and also very useful lens, thanks for enlightening me on facts about the earth.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: Be careful where you dig, you don't want your hole to fill up with ocean!

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      5 years ago

      I'll have to check but I don't think I have the right equipment, so will just not start a hole at all. My calculations were all off....the only answer I got right was on the earthquake....and I was really trying, you made my brain swim! :)

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @iijuan12: I think I would also!

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      6 years ago from Florida

      Fun lens! Hmm...we'd end up in the Indian Ocean if we dug through the Earth.

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      6 years ago

      Ha Ha! The opposite of my house is the Indian Ocean west of Australia! Glub Glub!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This is a great lens and I really enjoyed my time here. Angel blessing!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 

      6 years ago

      It's on my Bucket List to visit! Great lens, had a lotta fun.

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      6 years ago

      I've always wondered where my hole would come out on the other side! Turns out it's the middle of the Indian Ocean... so I'll need a diggin' snorkel.

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      6 years ago

      OMG! Well.. I wouldn't want to dig to my opposite, because I would be right in the middle of the ocean!!! (All those calculations remind me of my astronomy course in college)... wheeew! Blessed!

    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 

      6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Wow I love your lens! It is fabulous. I especially like knowing that you would probably end up in Gansu if you could dig through the earth from the US. I live on the other side of the earth - in China - and am about to go to the website that would tell me where I would end up in the US if I dug a tunnel from Shanghai. Will have to do a little work on an air-conditioned suit to make it through the middle! Thanks for your great lens.

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      6 years ago

      Such a great lens! I absolutely loved it and was such a creative subject!!!!

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      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      Earth is the most beautiful planet in the universe :)


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