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Underground river found beneath the Amazon

Posted on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A vast underground river may be flowing thousands of feet below the Amazon river say scientists.

The discovery was made following a study of temperature variations at inactive oil wells drilled in the 70's and 80's. The findings suggest a river as long as the Amazon itself ( 3,700 miles ) may exist 13,000 feet below the surface.

"Valiya Hamza of Brazil's National Observatory said researchers found indications the subterranean river is 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) long, about the same length as the Amazon on the surface."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Doug1o29 on 26 August, 2011, 17:46
I have some research plots in the Cimarron National Grassland on the banks of the Cimarron River, about five miles above the point where it permanently emerges from the ground. Above that, most of its flow is underground. The channel is so vague that my cruising team installed a line of plots right across it and up the south side without realizing they'd crossed. Water in the upper stretches is such a rare event that when water does manage to flow all the way across the Grassland, it's considered a newsworthy event and the local paper carries pictures and an article! FYI: If you're into storie... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Persia on 27 August, 2011, 7:40
Scientists estimate the subterranean river may be 6,000km long and hundreds of times wider than the Amazon http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/aug/26/underground-river-amazon
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mike 215 on 28 August, 2011, 10:35
I thought that the deeper you go the hotter it gets. I remember seeing a story about those South African gold mines which are just as deep and it it hot. How can water be flowing so deep in the earth?
Comment icon #4 Posted by The Lone Ranger on 28 August, 2011, 19:06
Perhaps some "new" animals could be discovered...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Fester John on 28 August, 2011, 20:09
Perhaps we will find more evidence of the hollow earth? Or maybe it will remain classified eh?...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Still Waters on 29 August, 2011, 12:47
More here - Subterranean Amazon river 'is not a river' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14693637
Comment icon #7 Posted by Swamptick on 27 October, 2011, 21:05
This is so freaking awesome. Too bad ABC is too hard to believe on ANYTHING.
Comment icon #8 Posted by AsatroGubbe on 3 November, 2011, 14:57
hmm not too hard to imagine. the hassayampa river that runs past wickenburg arizona flows underground just south of the town. and does not rise to the surface after that point.

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