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Sixth largest river in the world, discovered below Black Sea

Researchers working in the Black Sea have found currents of water 350 times greater than the River Thames flowing along the sea bed, carving out channels much like a river on the land, ‘The Telegraph’ reported. The undersea river, which is up to 115ft deep in places, even has rapids and waterfalls much like its terrestrial equivalents. If found on land, scientists estimate it would be the world’s sixth largest river in terms of the amount of water flowing through it. The scientists, based at the University of Leeds, used a robotic submarine to study for the first time a deep channel that had been found on the sea bed. They found a river of highly salty water flowing along the deep channel at the bottom of the Black Sea, creating river banks and flood plains much like a river found on land.


The undersea river, which is yet to be named, stems from salty water spilling through the Bosphorus Strait from the Mediterranean into the Black Sea, where the water has a lower salt content, the publication said. The Black Sea river flows only for around 37 miles until it reaches the edge of the sea shelf and dissipates into the deep sea.

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