Dr. Steven Sorenson (Andrews) plans to tap the geothermal energy of the Earth's interior by means of a thermonuclear device detonated deep w...更多>
[Adjusting crotch on thermal suit] Steele: Tomorrow I'm taking this suit back to the tailor! [Rampion is revived after being pulled unconscious from a volcanic vent] Simpson: How do you feel? <
b>Dr. Ted Rampion: Medium rare. Sir Charles Eggerston: The question now is not who is to blame, but how we can stop the catastrophe. Dr. Ted Rampion: At present we don't know any way we can stop it. First, we have to learn to understand the natural forces involved, and if possible, find some way to control them in the time that is permitted to us. Sir Charles Eggerston: What is being done? Now? Dr. Ted Rampion: Every university, every scientist, every thinking military leader is helping us. Sir Charles Eggerston: Is there anything that we can do? Dr. Ted Rampion: Pray. Dr. Ted Rampion: What's the hurry Stephen? Can't you wait for another Nobel Prize? Sir Charles Eggerston: A crack in the world? [meeting erupts in chaos] Sir Charles Eggerston: Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Dont let this fall apart. We have work to do. We must hear Dr Rampion complete his report. You were saying that the crack is extending to the east. Dr. Ted Rampion: Along the Macedo Trench. It's following a geological flaw in the Earth's crust, known as the Macedo Fault. That runs from here, to the tip of India, veers off towards Indonesia, and terminates off the Australian continental shelf. Sir Charles Eggerston: How do you know that the crack will stop there? Dr. Ted Rampion: We don't. Sir Charles Eggerston: What if the crack keeps going? Right around the world? What happens then? Dr. Ted Rampion: Where the land masses split, the oceans will be sucked in, and the colossal pressure generated by the steam will rip the Earth apart, and destroy it. Indian Ambassador: You mean, the world will come to an end? Dr. Ted Rampion: The world as we know it, yes. Dr. Ted Rampion: Suppose the Macedo trench splits open under the ocean? A crack a thousand miles long, bringing superheated magma in contact with the ocean... Earthquakes, tidal waves, mass destruction on an apocalyptic scale! John Masefield: MAGMA! Dr. Ted Rampion: [on radio] Sorenson! Can you hear me? Stephen! John Masefield: Masefield here, listen Rampion... Dr. Ted Rampion: What happened? John Masefield: He fainted. Dr. Ted Rampion: Listen Masefield, do you know what he wanted to tell me? John Masefield: Yes. The crack is moving twice as fast as before. Dr. Stephen Sorenson: Get me section 3ection 31, the district below Point Albert. John Masefield: There's been no activity in that section, none whatsoever. Dr. Stephen Sorenson:
There *will* be, in about half an hour. There are *two* fissures now, rather, two *ends* of the same crack. One of them has changed direction, and if the other one does...
John Masefield: If they're extended, where would they intersect? Dr. Stephen Sorenson: At the bore hole, where it all started. John Masefield: A circle cut out of the Earth's crust? Dr. Stephen Sorenson: Yes. And it will break away, acting as a safety valve of immense proportion. Twenty-thousand square miles of the Eearth's surface thrown out into space John Masefield: The effect on the Earth's rotation? Dr. Stephen Sorenson: [shrugs] John Masefield: Do you think the Earth can survive? Dr. Stephen Sorenson: No one has ever observed the birth of a moon, Masefield. Markov: IT'S ANOTHER CRACK! Dr. Maggie Sorenson: They seem to be converging! Dr. Stephen Sorenson: How many men have the opportunity to turn the page of history? Newton, Pasteur, Einstein... [first lines] Dr. Maggie Sorenson: But Sir Charles, the project entrance is half a mile further on! Sir Charles Eggerston: I know Mrs. Sorenson. I wanted to stop here to take a better look at *that*. That's your drill tower, isn't it? Dr. Maggie Sorenson: Yes it is. Sir Charles Eggerston: What's that missile doing up there? I thought that we came here to discuss with your husband the *possibility* of using an atomic warhead. Dr. Maggie Sorenson: *Half* a missile, Sir Charles. If you look closely, you'll see it's not armed.