Energy and Thermal Physics

The legend of the boiling river

Stories from Physics for 11-14 14-16 IOP RESOURCES

For hundreds of years, legends spoke of a boiling river in the Amazonian jungle. In 2011, geoscientist Andrés Ruzo rediscovered and began studying the river. It is more than 650 km from the nearest active volcano yet the average temperature of the water is 86°C. At 25 m wide and 6 m deep in places, it runs at high temperatures for a distance of over 6 km. Although its ancient name is “Shanay-Timpishka”, roughly translating to “boiled with the heat of the Sun”, it is heated by hot springs powered by geological fault lines.


appears in the relation ΔEΔt>ℏ/2 ΔQ=mcΔθ E=hf E ∝ A^2
has the special case Photon Energy
is used in analyses relating to Emission/Absorption Spectra Phase Change
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