Massive Underground River Discovered 4km beneath the Amazon
Brazilian scientists have discovered a river estimated to be 6,000km long and more than a hundred times wider than the Amazon River…4km beneath it.
Covering more than 7 million square kilometres in South America, the Amazon basin is one of the largest and most impressive river systems in the world. But it turns out we have only known half the story until now.
The startling discovery called the Rio Hamza, named after the head of the team of researchers who found the groundwater flow, starts in the Acre region under the Andes and flows through the Solimões, Amazonas and Marajó basins before opening out directly into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
Both the Amazon and Hamza flow from west to east and are around the same length. However, the Amazon flows much faster than the Hamza, draining a greater volume of water per second.
Not sure whether to feel pleased or worried. Whenever humans discover water they inevitably waste it, pollute it, drain it, or dam it.
Anyone care to speculate what the economic and environmental impact of this might be if it is verified?