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Legendary boiling river turns out to be real


Posted on Wednesday, 17 February, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments

The river stretches for over four miles. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Angelsharum
Geoscientist Andres Ruzo first heard about the river as a child and spent years trying to locate it.
The idea of an entire river filled with boiling water might seem preposterous, but for Andres Ruzo, a geoscientist whose grandfather had told him stories about the river when he was only twelve years old, the legend would go on to spark a lifelong interest culminating in a remarkable discovery.

As it turns out the boiling river is actually the sacred geothermal healing site of Mayantuyacu situated deep within the Peruvian rainforest. At 82ft wide, 20ft deep and stretching for over four miles, this remarkable natural wonder is powered by geothermal heat rising up from deep below.

The water is so hot in fact that anything unfortunate enough to fall in is killed immediately.

"You’re surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest," said Ruzo who has detailed his findings in a new book entitled "The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon".

"You feel this water surging past you and plumes of vapor coming up. It’s truly a spectacular place."

While at the moment little is known about the boiling river on a scientific level, further expeditions to the region over the coming years should help scientists to slowly unravel its mysteries.

"The planet’s gotten small and natural wonders like this are few and far between," said Ruzo.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (11)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Taun on 17 February, 2016, 21:02
Kind of odd that they did this in the report: "At 82m wide, 20ft deep and stretching for over four miles"... Why did they mix metric and English measurements in the same deion?...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Saru on 17 February, 2016, 22:35
This has been fixed - the sentence should read "At 82ft wide, 20ft deep and stretching for over four miles"
Comment icon #4 Posted by fromthedeepestjungle on 18 February, 2016, 0:44
I just wonder how this will be ruined now I hope they don't spread anything around as to germs
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nnicolette on 18 February, 2016, 8:01
Germs? Its boiling what do you mean spread germs around. There are lots of boiling hotsprings around here this is just unique because it is a big boiling river.
Comment icon #6 Posted by BeastieRunner on 18 February, 2016, 17:58
That's really cool. I hope they can keep it from getting mucked up.
Comment icon #7 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 19 February, 2016, 6:25
Must have smelled like soup
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 19 February, 2016, 9:33
From the article : Since Ruzo first visited Mayantuyacu in 2011, the surrounding forest has been decimated by illegal logging. If action isn’t taken, the site—held sacred by generations of Asháninka cultural practitioners—could soon vanish. Destruction never stops unfortunately. Awesome finding, that place is beautiful.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Troublehalf on 20 February, 2016, 1:53
I wonder if it has any interesting properties due to it's location. I'm sure samples were taken and tested, would be cool if something was found in the water itself. Good on him. That's dedication.
Comment icon #10 Posted by fromthedeepestjungle on 20 February, 2016, 5:46
This is for post #5 depending on the location as to the latitude and longitude some locations that are not found yet but are there the humans that live there would be infected by germs and then another race and culture will be wiped out there are some now that are very few but I guess it is human nature at what rate will those humans will be gone untouched areas
Comment icon #11 Posted by Max A. on 21 February, 2016, 3:04
They should have had the Boston Tea Party here instead. It wouldn't have the same ring to it though


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