August 3, 2010

Undersea River Discovered

Ever heard of an underwater river? That's what scientists in Britain say they have discovered, with the find of an undersea river that even has its own waterfalls and roaring rapids.

The river is made of denser saltier water than the rest of the sea it is in, and thus can cut through the water as a regular river would on land. According to one scientist, "The water in the channels is denser than the surrounding seawater because it has higher salinity and is carrying so much sediment. It flows down the sea shelf and out into the abyssal plain much like a river on land,"

The salt water river flows from the Bosphorus, which I got to visit once on a trip to Istanbul., a beautiful body of water that puts the Hudson river to shame, for sure.

Undersea River Discovered

Researchers say they've discovered an underwater river flowing along the bottom of the Black Sea, complete with rapids and waterfalls. British scientists say if found on land it would be the sixth largest river in the world in terms of the amount of water flowing through it, the Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. The river of highly salty water flows along a deep channel at the bottom of the Black Sea, creating riverbanks and flood plains much like a river found on land, researchers from the University of Leeds said.

Undersea River Discovered

Posted at August 3, 2010 6:02 AM