British scientists discover an undersea riverAugust 3rd, 2010 - 8:52 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Aug 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) British scientists say that they have discovered a river running under the Black Sea. The scientists say if the river was on land, then it would have been the sixth biggest river in the world.
The river, which runs under the sea, is much denser than the surrounding seawater because of its salinity and the fact that it has higher sediments in them than the surrounding seawater. It ought to be mentioned that salinity is the amount of salt in water.
Scientists who discovered the river says the river has created riverbanks and flood plains like rivers found on land. Scientists say the river runs through the Black Sea’s floor into the abyssal plain. Scientists described the sea’s abyssal as the deserts of the sea world. They say this makes the river much important, just like the veins that supply blood to all parts of the body.
So far, the river is the only undersea river discovered so far. Scientists say the river is about 0.6 mile wide and might be as deep as 115 feet deep.
“It flows down the sea shelf and out into the abyssal plain much like a river on land. The abyssal plains of our oceans are like the deserts of the marine world, but these channels can deliver nutrients and ingredients needed for life out over these deserts”, according to Dr. Dan Parsons.
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