Hugh Bollinger / Saturday, August 27, 2011 / Categories: Uncategorized A river runs through it Norman Maclean wrote the beautiful novella-- A River Runs Through It --as an allegory on the power of water. He would have been impressed by a discovery in Brazil that shows the mega-force of a river. The Amazon is the world's second longest river. It stretches east-west across South America. The river's watershed drains an area nearly 3 million square miles wide and accounts for approximately twenty percent of the world's total flowing water. Now Brazilian researchers report finding a second river 13,000 feet beneath the 3,700-mile-long Amazon. How this new river empties into the Atlantic Ocean is completely unknown but all that water must go somewhere. [caption id="attachment_6987" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Amazon River delta from space (source: NASA)"][/caption] It's hard getting your head around that much water emerging from South American mountains and rainforests to feed an endless river to the sea. WHB Previous Article De Beers planet Next Article Hurricane Irene forms Print 19 Rate this article: No rating Tags: A River Runs Throught It Amazon River Brazil Norman Maclean river geology watershed Please login or register to post comments.