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The River that Isn't
At first it was reported that a huge underground river had been found in Brazil.
It was said that this river mimicked the Amazon and flowed from west to east for 4000 miles. If so then this would be the longest underground river ever found.
The existence of the river was reported at the 12th International Congress of the Brazilian Geophysical Society in Rio de Janeiro.
It is believed to empty into the Atlantic several hundred feet below the surface.
The river had been found by taking temperatures in the boreholes made by the Brazilian oil company Petrobras.
- The Lake that Disappeared
A large lake in Chile just disappears. There were no reports of earthquakes or even tremors. How is this possible?
Not a River
Now some scientists are disputing whether this is a river or not.
Apparently the water here is due to water seeping through the rock, and that apparently does not constitute a river, that flows.
Also given that it is estimated that only 4000 cubic meters of water per second flow, which although sounds high, is less than that of an average glacier and certainly not as much as a river of this size.
I do not know if this is a river or not but it is certainly a large amount of water that we did not previously know about. What significance could this have in respect to the search for new species?
It has been said that the flowing of this water into the Atlantic, beneath the Amazon basin, could account for the less than expected saltiness of the Amazon delta.
It has also been said though, that as this water may be due to seepage, it could be slightly saline.
Scientists have concluded that they will do surveys along the Atlantic coast and this will determine if this is a river or not.
In the meantime, the body of water has been given the name “Hamza River”
- The Inca, Lives On
It is said that the Inca have become extinct. Yet some of their cities have not yet been found. Does their spirit live on in one of these cities?
- 6.9 Million New Cures?
The medicines and cures we have today, mainly came from plants or animals. How many new cures could we have if we new all the estimated 6.9 million, as yet undiscovered species?
- The Ravenous Lake
A Lake in Russia is said to contain a "Devil's Crater". This crater is said to take the souls of sinners.
- Cleaning House, Tropical Style
We must all of had problems with bugs of some kind. Living in the tropics it is perhaps worse but there is a unique way of cleaning house.