A river flowing right beneath another river – yes that is an undeniable truth. Mother Earth has numerous surprises for us and the Rio Hamza River is one of the many in her bag of collections. Let us today learn 12 interesting Rio Hamza River facts that will surely blow away your minds! But, there is absolutely no way you will be able to go fishing there and hence, don’t let your hopes fly high.

Interesting Rio Hamza River Facts: 1-12

1. Deep below the great Amazon River is the huge subterranean river named Rio Hamza.

2. The evidence of the river’s existence was discovered by a group of researchers from Brazil National Observatory’s geophysics department.

3. The group was led by Valiya Mannathal Hamza and hence, the river is named after him.

4. The river is assumed to flow some 13,000 feet below the river Amazon.

5. The river is identical to the Amazon in terms of its length and the direction of flow. Hamza is about 3700 miles long and flows west to east.

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6. This astoundingly long river is even bigger that Amazon in terms of width. Rio Hamza’s width ranges between 200 and 400 kilometers as opposed to Amazon’s 1 and 100 kilometers.

7. Compared to Amazon’s 133,000 cubic meter per second of water flow, Hamza has a water flow of 3,900 cubic meter per second.

8. Water in Amazon flows at a speed of 5 meters per second but in Hamza, it flows at a speed of less than 1 millimeter per hour.

9. Below the Andes is the Acre region where the Rio Hamza starts and flows through Solimões basin, Amazonas basin and Marajó basin and eventually opens directly into the depths of Atlantic.

10. Scientists think that the relatively low salinity of water where Amazon meets the Atlantic is probably due to Rio Hamza.

11. The river was discovered by using the data collected from 241 abandoned deep wells dug in Amazon region.

12. Scientists used the data to create a mathematical model which helped to discover the existence of the river. The model suggested that for at the depths of 2,000 meters, the river has nearly vertical flow of water but after that, the flow becomes almost horizontal.

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