DARK ECOLOGY 2016
Justin Bennett – Vilgiskoddeoayvinyarvi: Wolf Lake on the Mountains
11 June 2016 – Kola Superdeep Borehole, Russia
The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the deepest man-made hole on Earth – it descends more than 12 kilometres. It was a Soviet geological research project that began during the Cold War. In addition to gathering data about the geology of the Earth’s crust it formed part of Project Globus, a network of seismic listening stations that was to function as an early-warning system for natural disasters and for monitoring enemy nuclear tests. After the fall of the Soviet Union the project was slowly wound down and the site was abandoned in 2008. At the Kola Superdeep site, next to Vilgiskoddeoayvinyarvi, Wolf Lake, we meet Viktor, a geologist who worked on the Kola Superdeep project until it was shut down. Ever since, Viktor has stayed on-site as much as possible, continuing the work started by Dr Huberman, the founder of the project. He recounts the history of the Kola Superdeep, relating it to other Cold War science projects, discusses the geology and history of the area, and of his experiences living there alone. He shows us around the ruined site, his living quarters, his small laboratory, and of course the borehole itself. He explains his work: listening to vibrations deep within the Earth, linking geology with Sami shamanism and divination.