Peru's Boiling River


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  • One detail was a river that boils. While thermal rivers do occur on earth, they’re generally tied to active volcanic or magmatic systems.
  • The place itself is stunning!
  • Hi, I'm Ashley and today I am going to be talking to you about Peru's "Boiling River"
  • Let's get started. Andrés Ruzo first heard about the Boiling River from his Peruvian grandfather, who shared a legend with him when he was a kid about the Lost City of Gold in Peru.
  • After that trip, Ruzo knew he had to launch a deeper investigation. He returned eight months later with the permission from the shaman, becoming the first geoscientist to study the river. He wrote about his experiences studying the river in a new book.
  • Twelve years later Ruzo gave up on the idea that the river was real. But then he happened to mention his frustration at a family dinner, when his aunt interrupted.
  • No, Andrés, I’ve been there.
  • she offered to personally take him, so they traveled to Peru in November 2011.
  • They embarked into the jungle, eventually arriving at their destination.
  • The most noticeable thing though was the steam coming from the river. Ruzo took the temperature of the water of the water immediately. It averaged 86 degrees Celsius, or around 187 degrees Fahrenheit. Not quite boiling, but still really hot.
  • Ruzo narrowed down his hypotheses that it wasn’t volcanic or magmatic. He also found out that it wasn't from an oil spill because the river was there before any oil development. The only remaining option is it’s just a ‘normal’ hydrothermal feature where waters are seeping deep into the earth, heating up, and then coming back up quickly.
  • Hope you enjoyed! 
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