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From tourist to having a river named after him

05 September 2012

For a man who reached Brazil on a six-month tourist visa 40 years ago, Dr. Valiya M. Hamza has a river named after him in that country.

The ‘Hamza River,’ which he discovered in Brazil’s Amazon region, is the longest underground river running for a length of 6,000 km at a depth of nearly 4 km. It flows all the way from the Andean foothills to the Atlantic coast in a nearly west to east direction like the mighty Amazon river.

………..Dr. Hamza recalls how he could have lived a comfortable life as a physics lecturer in Feroke College, Kozhikode.

“But I got an opening as a scientific assistant at the National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad. That changed my life. I found my calling in geophysics — a discipline in which my interest in physics could be used to understand what is going on under the earth,” he said……….

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/article3861998.ece

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Written by csirindia

September 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

Posted in NGRI

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