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  Secret river found under Sahara desert
Updated 06 August 2002, 14.21
The underground river was found in the Sahara desert
A secret underground river has been discovered in the Sahara desert.

A team of Russian scientists came across the water when they were looking at satellite images from space.

'Miracle'

The Sahara desert is one of the driest places on earth
The river is buried under layers of volcanic rock 500m below the dry and dusty town of Atar in Mauritania, in north Africa.

The river is large enough to provide all the town's 50,000 people with water every day.

One member of the team said the find was a "world miracle".

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