25 Curious River Facts That You Probably Did Not Know

What could possibly be cool about a river? It’s just flowing water right? There can’t be much more to it. If that’s what you think…you’re wrong. Rivers are actually quite interesting. It may seem really basic, but even just trivial things like where they start, where they end, and why they flow the way they do often lead to some very profound conclusions. For one, how do you measure the length of a river? And if there is more than one branch, how do you measure the width? But enough of rivers on the Earth, did you know that scientists have found rivers on Saturn’s moon of Titan? That’s crazy right? But even on Earth, rivers have played more of an important role in your life than you are probably aware. Rivers, in fact, shaped the course of civilization. People settled down by rivers, transported goods along rivers, and used them as defensive structures. In fact, most ancient civilizations were formed around the flow of rivers. They would rise and fall according to their flow. These days rivers are still an important form of transportation and food. These are 25 Curious River Facts That You Probably Did Not Know!

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Diamonds weren't originally mined. In the past they were found along the bottoms of rivers

Diamonds weren't originally mined. In the past they were found along the bottoms of riversSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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There is evidence of an underground river about 4 km beneath the Amazon that is just as long (roughly 6,000 km) but several hundred times wider. It has been named the Rio Hamza.

There is evidence of an underground river about 4 km beneath the Amazon that is just as long (roughly 6,000 km) but several hundred times wider. It has been named the Rio Hamza.Source: guardian.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Every year fireballs erupt from the surface of the Mekong River in Thailand. Known as the Naga fireballs, some people have hypothesized that they are the result of methane gas. They have inspired numerous local legends

Every year fireballs erupt from the surface of the Mekong River in Thailand. Known as the Naga fireballs, some people have hypothesized that they are the result of methane gas. They have inspired numerous local legends though.Source: mnn.com, Image: wikipedia
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The oldest river in the United States is actually called the New River. Some scientists believe that the only river older is the Nile River in Africa.

The oldest river in the United States is actually called the New River. Some scientists believe that the only river older than it is the Nile River in Africa.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The chocolate river in the movie Willy Wonka was made from real chocolate and water. Because of this it spoiled and left a really bad smell.

The chocolate river in the movie Willy Wonka was made from real chocolate and water. Because of this it spoiled and left a really bad smell.Source: imdb, Image: wikipedia


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