Amazon 'longer than the Nile'

A Peruvian geographic society claims the long-disputed source of the Amazon River was correctly identified in 1996 by Polish explorer Jacek Palkiewicz, despite claims by the US-based National Geographic Society to the contrary.

The Geographic Society of Lima says Palkiewicz’s site passes more rigorous scientific tests than the various other alleged sources.

It is located in a ravine below the 16,961-foot Quehuisha mountain.

The National Geographic Society claims the source of the river is in the nearby 18,363-foot Nevado Mismi, as discovered by Loren McIntyre in 1971 and confirmed with Global Positioning System equipment in 2000.

Using Palkiewicz’s source, the Amazon River would surpass the Nile River by some 370 miles as the longest in the world, at 4,370 miles.

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