British Scientists Discover Undersea River

August 3rd, 2010 - 7:24 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
riverAug 3, (THAINDIAN NEWS) An undersea river flowing near the Black Sea was discovered by a number of British researchers on Monday. The researchers say that the underground river is 35 meters in deep, 800 meters wide and 37 meters long and it flows out of the salty water spilling through the Bosporus Strait from the Mediterranean into the Black Sea. The researchers also claim that if the river is found on land it will be the world’s sixth largest river and the river’s currents are 350 times greater than the River Thames’ flow and 10 times bigger than the Rhine.

Dr. Dan Parsons of Leeds University School or Earth and Environment discovered the undersea river along with his colleagues said that the newly discovered river flows down the sea shelf and flows out into the “abyssal” plain like the land rivers. The channels of these kinds of rivers can deliver nutrients and ingredients needed for life in the deserts. The researcher also added that these rivers can be vitally important like the arteries which provide life to deep oceans. Dr. Dan Parsons and his colleagues used a robotic submarine to discover this underground river.

Dr. Dan Parsons commented that the water in the river channel carries saline and sediments which make it denser than the surrounding seawater. He pointed out the difference between the underground river and land river by saying that the underground water flow goes around a bend and the water spirals in opposite way than the land rivers. Dr. Dan Parsons is optimistic that this research opened doors for many scientists to study other deep seas. The researchers have not yet named the river, however, it is expected that it will be named soon.

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