How deep do they drill for oil?

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    The average of both exploratory and producing crude oil wells in 2005 was 5,711 feet (1,741 meters). I believe this figure is limited to the United States, but couldn’t find out for sure (check out the graph: http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_crd_welldep_s1_a.htm).

    The deepest man has ever drilled is 12,262 meters (40,230 ft) at the Kola Peninsula in Russia. However, this was a scientific project, not oil exploration (see first link).

    Howstuffworks has a great explanation of the oil drilling process (check out the second link).

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