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Encyclopedia > Crack in the World
Crack in the World
Directed by Andrew Marton
Produced by Bernard Glasser
Lester A. Sansom
Written by Jon Manchip White
Julian Zimet
Starring Dana Andrews
Janette Scott
Kieron Moore
Alexander Knox
Music by Johnny Douglas
Cinematography Manuel Berenguer
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date May 12, 1965 (U.S. release)
Running time 96 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Crack in the World is an American disaster movie filmed in Spain in 1965. Image File history File links Crack_in_the_world. ... Dana Andrews Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American actor. ... Janette Scott was an English actress born December 14, 1938 in Morecambe, England. ... Alexander Knox (January 16, 1907 _ April 25, 1995) was a Canadian actor. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used since 2003. ... May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (133rd in leap years). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A disaster movie is a movie that has an impending or ongoing disaster (e. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...

Project Inner Space, an international consortium of scientists, are trying to tap into the Earth's geothermal energy by drilling a very deep hole through the Earth's crust into the mantle below. They are foiled by an extremely dense layer of material at the boundary between the two. To penetrate the barrier and reach the magma below, they intend to detonate an atomic device at the bottom of the hole. Thermally active area, New Zealand. ... Earth cutaway from core to exosphere. ... Earth cutaway from core to exosphere. ... Magma is molten rock located beneath the surface of the Earth (or any other rocky planet), and which often collects in a magma chamber. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter. ...

The Project's chief geologist, however, is convinced that the lower layers of the crust have been weakened by decades of underground nuclear tests. The detonation, he fears, could produce a massive crack that would threaten the very existence of Earth. A geologist is a contributor to the science of geology, studying the physical structure and processes of the Earth. ... Preparation for an underground nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site in the 1980s. ...

Scientific Accuracy

The film was released only a few years before the theory of plate tectonics became mainstream, and later commonly-accepted fact. As it turned out that the surface of the planet was heavily cracked already, the scenario presented in the film is now considered highly improbable. Plate tectonics (from the Greek word for one who constructs and destroys, τεκτων, tektōn) is a theory of geology developed to explain the phenomenon of continental drift and is currently the theory accepted by the vast majority of scientists working in this area. ...

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A year, and a country, and a president, all of them a balance, all expectant and optimistic and apprehensive by turns as a whole world of changes—changes political, psychological, social, and, most of all, scientific—began to sweep in from the future.
The year, in a state of such fine equilibrium, was unusually vulnerable to the unexpected, causing the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of San Francisco to cast a disproportionately long shadow on science, society, philosophy, religion, and art.
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