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Scientists find underground river beneath Amazon

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posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 04:09 PM
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This is incredible. The Amazon has a twin.


Brazilian scientists have discovered an underground river some 4,000 meters (13,000) feet deep, which flows from west to east like the country's famous waterway.


They go on to say


"It is likely that this river is responsible for the low level of salinity in the waters around the mouth of the Amazon," the statement said.


Full Article - French 24




posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 04:27 PM
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Still amazes me how much of this world is still to be discovered. Seems we learn something new about this little blue rock every day.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 04:29 PM
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The Amazon River, well the original one, is 300 feet deep I think. This new discovery is 13,000!??

I really really hope they explore this river and make a documentary!


Actually... hmmm....




posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 04:39 PM
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It's 13,000 feet underground, not a 13,000 ft deep river.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 05:00 PM
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Okay thanks for setting that straight, I don't know how I didn't assume that right away hahahaha. Something didn't sound right



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 07:08 PM
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Dump into it a few hundred gallons of dye and see where it pops up at



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 08:25 PM
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That's so cool, this reminds me of Journey To The Center Of The Earth, as well as the Hollow Earth theory (or at least a version of it) which suggests that the earth is cavernous really deep underground.



posted on Aug, 25 2011 @ 08:26 PM
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Dump into it a few hundred gallons of dye and see where it pops up at
The ocean:

Even though the two rivers cover a similar path they have differences. The underground river flows at a far slower pace and empties into the ocean deep underground.



posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 12:20 AM
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I ran the usual search before posting and found this: New geological discovery provides evidence to support hydroplate theory

This should ignite new and hopefully in interesting debate on the Hollow Earth Theory. A companion or twin to the effen Amazon!

Ironically the powers-that-be oil companies may wind up being the catalyst for proving such a theory.



posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 12:39 AM
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Makes you wonder....
is it also warmer?



posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 03:32 PM
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It could be, warmer, but it depends where its source is. As interesting as this find is, I will be more interested to find out exactly where this thing began, and what drove the creation of this enormous channel under the Earth. Also, the structure of the channel in which this river flows must be incredible to be able to stretch to two to four hundred kliks across in places, and still retain a cavern roof that isnt one gnat fart away from full structural collapse.

Another thing that interests me about this scenario , is that the existance of such a considerable underground river may suggest that the south american continent has geological properties that make it more unique than we thought. Perhaps the sink holes which regularly swallow areas across south america might be explained by a geological structure which features OTHER such enormous underground rivers.

However I cannot prove this,because I have neither the expertise nor the time to compile a map of all such sink holes,to prove this. Anyone have the know how and the gumption.



posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 05:35 PM
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I wonder what else is below us.... maybe we are just sitting on the outer peel of Earth and there is actually another World underneath our own.... hmmm.... underground Cities has been discust on ATS before and Alien civilisations living down below.....

So we have the Amazon River 300ft deep and then layers of Earth until 13,000ft???? Is this right? And then another River? What the guy says above me could be true.... the whole ground could collapse inwards!
edit on 26-8-2011 by TruthxIsxInxThexMist because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 26 2011 @ 05:37 PM
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Originally posted by TrueBrit
Anyone have the know how and the gumption.


I certainly don't but I enjoyed your idea


More probable then my 13,000 ft deep river I suppose


If these spill into the Ocean...does that mean it's populated with wildlife, at least some fish?



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:43 AM
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I would have thought there are some water borne species alive in that river, and what is especialy interesting about the idea of exploration and investigation of this river, is that very often these underground river systems are home to utterly unique life.

Lacking light from the sun, the underground river can be home to some very strange creatures, which may feed on smaller life forms , or perhaps on compounds found in mineral deposits and silt. There again , it may be that the most lively thing in there is a microbe or two , but the very idea of learning more about this particular discovery makes my brain salivate quite profusely .



posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 02:32 PM
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It's not a river. It's a slow seepage of groundwater. Something got lost in translation



The "river" has been widely reported, after a study on it was presented to a Brazilian science meeting last week.

But the researchers involved told BBC News that water was moving through porous rock at speeds measured in cm, or inches, per year - not flowing.


www.bbc.co.uk...



posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 02:48 AM
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Spoil Sport


Probably happens under all rivers



posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 03:01 AM
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So is the water too still for wildlife then? Like fish
I don't know much about this but it interests me. Obviously there is the lack of light, but it's connected to the Ocean right?



posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 02:22 AM
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Pretty much reduced to microbes in terms of life form presence then, and not particularly complex ones at that. Well , at least we know now !



posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 01:34 PM
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There is so much we don't know and understand about our own world. I wish we would put more energy into exploring our own planet than we do harmless disintegrating comets. Thanks for the post OP. Love learning about this stuff.



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