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Evolution in the Deepest River in the World

• Smithsonian magazine
The computer hums while processing data. Eventually Gardiner pulls up a graph profiling the river’s bed. It looks like a U—as smooth as a mountain valley carved by a glacier. The current just beneath the surface is traveling at 30 miles per hour, and the channel is 640 feet deep.

“That’s the deepest point measured on a river in the world,” Gardiner says. “There’s no question about that.”

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