Behold an underwater river in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula! This river-like formation which is in a collapsed limestone cenote, is formed by a phenomenon known as ‘halocline’. In oceanography, a halocline is a subtype of chemocline caused by a strong, vertical salinity gradient within a body of water.

/SEE ALSO// Neil DeGrasse Tyson: The Importance of Science

Because salinity in contrast with temperature, affects the density of sea water, it can play a role in its vertical stratification. Increasing salinity by one kg/m3 results in an increase of seawater density of around 0.7 kg/m3.

In the middle of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, there is an underwater River.

Called ‘Little Angel’

It’s a scientific anomaly

According to the photographer, ‘Little Angel’ is fresh water until a depth of about 29m. There’s then a 1m layer of hydrogen sulphide, below which the entire base of the cave is filled with a dense layer of saltwater 30m to 60m deep. This saltwater layer is the ‘river’.

You can experience this scientific phenomenon anywhere from $120.00 to $250.00 US.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

[Cenote Angelita via Imgur]

For the latest Science and Technology news,  follow us on TwitterTumblr, FacebookInstagram and on YouTube

1 COMMENT

  1. Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established
    blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin.
    Do you have any tips or suggestions? Many thanks

  2. This is very fascinating, You are an overly professional blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and look ahead to in search
    of more of your fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your site
    in my social networks

  3. I musst thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this
    blog. I am hoping to see the same high-grade content by you in the future aas well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities hhas encouraged me to get mmy
    own, personal site now 😉

  4. I think other web site proprietors should take this site as an model, very clean and magnificent user genial style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!

  5. This really is precisely what I used to be searching for. I used a long time to obtain this online page it is ultimately. Countless appreciation for the good data. I love the style where it is offered on this web site

  6. I simply want to say I’m beginner to weblog and actually loved you’re web site. Likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You certainly come with impressive writings. Thanks a bunch for revealing your blog.

Have something to add? Join the discussion!