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Earth Science

Evidence Points To Huge Underground River Beneath Amazon 116

chill writes "Researchers at the department of geophysics of the Brazil National Observatory have showed evidence of the existence of an underground river that flows 13,000 feet beneath the Amazon. The newly-named Hamza is said to be 3,700 miles long, flowing 13,000 feet below the Amazon. Both rivers flow from west to east, but the Hamza flows at only a fraction of the speed of Amazon."
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Evidence Points To Huge Underground River Beneath Amazon

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  • by Dunbal ( 464142 ) * on Saturday August 27, 2011 @09:00AM (#37226900)

    As a scientist you're not supposed to name things after yourself or have your students name them after you.

    "The underground river is now named after Valiya Hamza, the scientist of Indian origin,who has been studying the Amazon region for more than 40 years. The discovery is part of the work of doctoral student Elizabeth Tavares Pimentel, under the guidance of Hamza."

    Another word for this river is, of course, a "water table".

  • Re:Hamza? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by macs4all ( 973270 ) on Saturday August 27, 2011 @09:20AM (#37227010)

    It's just like the Grand Canyon is the European name for it, while its proper name, given by Native Americans, is Weemoteeuktuk.

    Cultural insensitivity aside, I think Grand Canyon is easier to remember.

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