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Found an unusual body of water in which you boil

Найден необычный водоем, в котором можно сваритьсяThe detected temperature of hot spring reaches 98 degrees.

In legends of the time of the conquest referred to any kind of danger, waiting for the Spaniards in their journey to Eldorado: giant snakes, poisonous rivers, and the river in which boil alive.

Peruvians thousands of years knew that in the jungle the river of boiling water. The rest of the world saw this only in 2016, when the Peruvian geophysicist Andres rouzaud (Andrés Ruzo) published the book “Boiling river” in which he told how found a legendary place.

In fact rouzaud was quite pragmatic task: he wrote a thesis about the sources of geothermal energy in Peru. In the process of preparing the materials he several times came across mention of the legend, which is often heard in childhood — the story of the boiling river. Experts who were asked rouzaud, in one voice argued that this can not be, but Auntie geologist said that the river is very real, and they even bathed in it with Andres when he was little.

Rouzaud has assembled a small expedition went into the jungle and, indeed, found a river of boiling water. In the hottest areas the water temperature was raised to 98 °C, the average was only 10 degrees below. On the shores rose a thick steam, and in the water swam svalivsheesya alive animals — mice, snakes, frogs.

Hot springs and a small lake around them can be found on all continents except Antarctica, but nowhere, except in Peru, the hot water does not happen so much that it flowed. Width Peruvian rivers of boiling water — 25 meters, depth — about six in most parts of the channel; the hot part is more than 6 kilometers. The nearest area of volcanic activity is located 700 kilometers from the channel, so the origin of the hot spring that feeds a “river-maker”, still causes confusion among specialists.

Rouzaud studied the river and its ecosystem five years. He found that the local Indians called her Shanay-Tempesta (“warmed by the heat of the sun”). Among the bacteria inhabiting the shores of the pair, revealed a previously unknown to science species that are resistant to temperatures that kill other microorganisms. Swimming in it was quite possible and even pleasant — but only when hot water is diluted by rain. Most often water from the river used for tea, coffee and food.

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