According to the latest news, a geoscientist found a mysterious boiling river in the Amazon. It is believed the river’s temperature is so high that anything that falls into it is literally boiled within seconds. Peruvian residents have talked for centuries about a river that can boil. The four-mile long river became a mystery in Peru.
According to a legend, Spanish conquistadors ventured into the forest searching for gold. The few who returned began to tell stories about cursed waters, snakes that feed on human flesh and boiling rivers. The Peruvian geoscientist, Andrés Ruzo, was always fascinated by this myth. However, he didn’t think of it as being true.
However, when he was researching for his PhD project on geothermal energy potential in Peru, he began to question whether the river could actually be true. He claimed he told other experts about the boiling river and received many negative answers. It is true that hot rivers exist. However, they are generally associated with volcanoes. In that part of the country, though, there are no volcanoes.
This fact makes the river even more mysterious. When Ruzo first saw the river, it was steaming hot. He said that:
“When I saw this, I immediately grabbed for my thermometer. The average temperature in the river was 86 degrees Celsius, not quite boiling but definitely close enough. It’s not a legend.”
The river it’s almost 82 feet wide and about 20 feet deep. It was estimated it runs burning hot for an incredible 20, 472 feet. Given the fact that it’s 435 miles away from the closest volcano, such high temperature doesn’t make any sense. The mysterious boiling river in the Amazon is, in fact, unique. There are no other rivers in the world wish such characteristics.
Ruzo spent five years studying the river and its ecosystem, hoping he will find a reason behind its uniqueness. He discovered the Sun has nothing to do with the river’s high temperatures. The geoscientist claimed fault-fed hot springs may have caused the water to boil. Chemical examinations indicated the river’s water initially fell as rain.
Ruzo believes the Earth’s geothermal energy is closely connected to the river’s high temperatures. He also claims this can be a huge hydrothermal system which hasn’t been seen anywhere else. Moreover, Ruzo and a team of biologists studied the microbes living in the water.
They found new species which are considered to be able to live in such heated waters. As fascinating as it may be, the river is also dangerous. As Ruzo explained, lots of animals fell into the waters and died because of the extremely high heat. After heavy rainfalls, though, people can swim in the river as the hot water is diluted. Often, locals use the river’s water so as to make tea or cook.
At the moment, Ruzo’s plan is to protect the river and the land that surrounds it. He claims the river is a natural wonder and people should be given the chance to protect it. He published a book called The Boiling River: Adventure and Discovery in the Amazon which is aimed to inform the public about the unique system.
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