Boiling river of Amazon rainforest

Boiling river of Amazon rainforest

Andrés Ruzo measuring the temperature of the boiling river. With an average temperature of 86˚C (186.8˚F), the amazing river in the Peru can boil you to death. It has been reported that sometimes animals fall into it, and dye in a slow and rally horrible way.

The river was a legend in the area for centuries. Its local name is Shanay-timpishka, means “boiled with the heat of the Sun” in English. Peruvian geologist Andrés Ruzo had fascinated with the myth since his childhood. In 2011, he made a trip into the Amazon rainforest with his aunt, and finally his dream became reality.

The river is huge (for a hot stream): up to 25 meter (82 feet) wide and six meter (20 feet) deep, and runs for 6.24 km (3.87 mile). And the most amazing part is: there is no volcanic activity around. The hot streams are usually connected with the volcanic activity. So, how the river is that hot?

According to Ruzo, and the chemical analysis carried out by him showed that the water is meteoric – this means the water originally fell as rain – to somewhere, the exact starting point is still unknown. After falling, probably the water going underground, and going too deep. Then it is getting heated up by the geothermal energy of Earth. Then again going up to the surface, into the Amazon rainforest. Photo: Devlin Gandy/The Boiling River Project

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