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Undersea river discovered flowing on sea bed

By T.K. Randall
August 2, 2010 · Comment icon 12 comments

Image Credit: Rubén Laguna
Scientists have discovered massive undersea rivers flowing along the bottom of the world's oceans.
The discovery revealed currents of water 350 times greater than the River Thomas flowing along the bottom of the Black Sea, carving out channels in a similar way to conventional rivers flowing on land.
The discovery could help explain how life manages to survive in the deep ocean far out to sea away from the nutrient rich waters that are found close to land, as the rivers carry sediment and nutrients with them.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (12)




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Comment icon #3 Posted by expandmymind 14 years ago
wow. that's incredible. 350 times greater than the thames. amazing what we have still to learn about earth. awesome story.
Comment icon #4 Posted by emberlake 14 years ago
Thank you Still Waters for posting this. It's very interesting. ----------------- As for the researcher's opinions in the article: I can't figure out why they call it a river. It's deep channel in the sea with faster currents. If it was fresh water flowing I could understand it, but unless I read it wrong, the water is saltier because it's settled down to the lower channel. It's still strange to think the channel waters could be moving so much faster than the top water... It's a wonder they don't have sightings of great sea monsters from something like an inversion effect like happens in deep ... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Drev 14 years ago
Those rivers, lakes and seas you see in Spongebob make sense to me now!
Comment icon #6 Posted by j b 14 years ago
anything to do with our oceans fasinates me because we know so little about them... great article!
Comment icon #7 Posted by HybridGS 14 years ago
I dont understand how this is possible :S Also is it freshwater under salt water??
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin 14 years ago
3-D radar image, using false colour, of the undersea river channel where it enters the Black Sea from the Bosphorus Strait. Photo: University of Leeds To me it appears to be nothing but a river-like bed carved out when the Bosporus dam breached (what was it? 5700 BC?), and the water of the Mediterranean spilled over into the Black Sea. It's not a river at all, it'a gulley carved into the bottom of the Black Sea, before the Black Sea came into existence.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Lapras 14 years ago
I think it could be a river (current), i mean, its not the first to be found and i think the dam breached way before, didnt it? i mean like 8000 bc? no?
Comment icon #10 Posted by ShadowSot 14 years ago
I dont understand how this is possible :S Also is it freshwater under salt water?? You could read the article and find out, it's not all that hard.
Comment icon #11 Posted by puridalan 14 years ago
this is amazing, it just makes me want to do more reaserach on 'polarization' of the shifts, and just ackkk its aweeeoomse! Ocean water needs to be explored more and is, plus no cancer in the ocean! XD
Comment icon #12 Posted by -Jaded.Silhouette- 14 years ago
That is utterly amazing. Now, if only we could live entirely under water. I mean, I suppose we can in ways. But... underwater cities would be amazing. It'd be a sort of heaven for me.


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