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Largest river system!
We were understandable hesitant about writing this up. There is so little factual evidence concerning this topic, but then that's what makes a good Argosy Adventure. And with all the circumstantial evidence and stories of a lost river system -- we don't believe this is all false and in fact could be very true! So read on and decide for yourself. We've spent untold hours in research on the Internet and talking to knowledgeable people about this subject and we'll try our best to give an accurate accounting of what we've found so far. If there is any truth to this, then the finders will become overnight celebrities, to say the least. And if they know how to handle the information they'll become rich beyond their wildest dreams. As water becomes more scarce (especially in the Desert Southwest) it's value will increase!
This is the approximate location of the underground river. Many accounts of places where the river would start and it's course to the south following earthquake fault lines has led us to this map. Other accounts have the river starting as far north as British Columbia..
During our research to see just how extensive underground rivers could be we found quite a few large underground rivers and water passages. Just to claify this, a lot of underground passages that are water filled are in limestone formations and are not what you could consider a flowing river system. Here's an example:
This is what is called a karst lake or as the Mayans would called it "d'zonot" or in Spanish, "cenote".
Divers in 2007 swam between 5 of these for a total of 170 kilometer. These are located in northeastern Mexico.
This doesn't mean that part of the underground river system was not created in this manner, and a large part of the mountains in the map above are made of limestone. Devils Hole in Nevada may have at one time been covered and not visible.
Devil's Hole is a 10 x 20 meter limestone sinkhole in the upper end of Death Valley National Park. It is flooded to within 15 meters of the surface of the surrounding ground. The depth is currently unknown. People have described the water as rising and falling with the tide. It could not be connected to the Pacific Ocean as it would flood the area. However it may be connected to an underground sea or more likely to and underground river. A river changes height and flow rate constantly which could explain this variation.
There is another entrance to this water body that has been closed by the Park Service. Reason being the disapperance of two boys who were snorkling in the cave. It is alleged that they sealed that entrance shut. The Devil's Hole entrance is still open although now it is fenced off and entry is restricted because of the Pup fish found in Devil's Hole.
NEVADA, PAHRUMP - NW of Pahrump [which lies due west from Las Vegas] is Devil's Hole National Monument, an annex of Death Valley National Monument. It is an apparently "bottomless" aqua-cave containing a species of cave fish located no where else in the world. Like the legendary "subterranean grand canyon" -- which reportedly runs beneath the Kokoweef and Dorr Peaks near the SW flank of the Ivanpah Mts. just south of highway 91 and NW of Needles, California -- the Devil's Hole water level ALSO reportedly rises and falls with the tide, suggesting a connection with a massive underground sea below and upstream, possibly in the area of eastern Nevada and western Utah. At least 2 boys disappeared trying to explore Devil's Hole, and Navy scuba divers were lowered on cables and reported seeing a large subterranean river which roared up from below, flowed across a wide expanse although they could not estimate the depth because of a myriad of colonnades of black rock through which the river flowed, before plunging once again down an abyss. This reportedly occurred in a cave NEAR Devil's Hole.
Another legend regards two divers who were lost in Devil's Hole. Allegedly a diving tank having the serial number of one of the divers was found floating months later in the Bay of Cortez near Baja, California. In reviewing the U.S. Park Service historical file on Devil's Hole (ACC # 1240, DEVA # 44646) there was reference to this event, but the diving tank find was not mentioned. (It may be that this was not reported to the park service since it allegedly occurred months later than the dive.)
The June 23, 1965 Reno Evening Gazette , reported that professional diver Jim Houtz descended to 315 feet looking for the two lost divers but found no sign of them. Houtz stated that: " … Devil's Hole has an unknown source of water; perhaps an underground river." "The source of water could be limitless."
You'll notice on the map above that the exit for the underground river could be into the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez or both. If the story above is correct and a scuba tank was found in the Sea of Cortez that belonged to one of the boys that died in Devil's Hole then it's obvious that the river runs South to the Sea of Cortez. On the other hand if the short story below is true then it may exit in the Pacific. You decide!
Kokoweef and the lost river!
Sworn statement by E. P Dorr 309 Adena St., Pasadena, Ca., Nov. 16 1934
These caverns are about 250 miles from Los Angeles, California. Traveling over state highways by automobile, the caverns can be reached in a few hours.
Accompanied by a mining engineer, I visited the caverns in the month of May, 1927. We entered them and spent 4 days exploring them for a distance of between 8 and 9 miles. We carried with us altimeters and pedometers, to measure the distance we traveled, and had an instument to take measurements of distance by triangulation, together with such instruments convenient and necessary to make observations and estimations.
Our examinations revealed the following facts, viz;
!. From the mouth of the cavern we descended about 2000 feet. There, we found a canyon which, on our altimeter, measured about 3000 to 3500 feet deep. We found the caverns to be divided into many chambers, filled and embellished with the usual stalactites and stalagmites, besides many grotesque and fantastic wonders that make the caverns one of the marvels of the world.
2. On the floor fo the canyon there is a flowing river which by careful examination and measurement (by triangulation) we estimated to be about 300 feet wide, and with considerable depth. The river rises and falls with the tides of the sea -- at high tide, being approximately 300 feet wide, and at low tide, approximately 10 feet wide and 4 feet deep.
About the above statement ---
The Kokoweef Mine is considered by some to be a complete myth. Others consider it to be true, and they are working the mine today to find the lost river of gold. Still others believe it to be miss-located. To find more information on this mine and it's location and time line please visit the Kokoweef Page on our site.
CALIFORNIA, BARSTOW - Camp Irwin. Reports of several tunnels below the Camp Irwin area, one of which is an abandoned mine at the bottom of which is an "earth crack" which leads to a tunnel that connects with a massive underground river about a quarter of a mile wide, one of at least five subterranean rivers which rise and fall with the tides, suggesting the source of origin being a large underground sea below the dry basins of Utah and Nevada. One of these reportedly runs below Kokoweef and Dorr peaks near the SW flank of the Ivanpah Mts. NW of Needles, California. These underground rivers are said to empty into the Pacific or Gulf of California via large aqua caves near the base of the continental slopes.source:
You should also read the second page here, which may help you to decide what is true and what is not true. You can't believe everything you read on the Internet!
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