Gulf of Alaska, Where Two Oceans Meet But Never Mix


Have you come across the two shades of water? Yes! Two shades of water because you can clearly distinguish the merging of two great water bodies. Quoting John Keats here, “the poetry of earth is never dead,” and everything lies in its exquisite beauty. Can you ever wonder that water cannot mix with water itself? Well, Gulf of Alaska speaks a different story!

Having an uneven combination of mountain, forest and tidewater glaciers, Gulf of Alaska is the place where two oceans meet, but interestingly, they never mix with each other (as is believed). The color variations of dark blue and electric blue water in that merging point is clear and stunning. Even the growth of froth will show you the exact point of intersection of the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

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What is the science backed explanation for this phenomenon?

Here’s the scientific explanation:

Not two oceans – but a glacier melting and the other is the offshore water of Gulf of Alaska. The melting water of glacier is mineral rich and sediment-laden; other is saline water. The first one being lighter in density has light blue color, while the salt content makes sea water density heavy, giving it a dark blue shade. This variation in water density brings that difference in colors. However, the temperature and salinity level difference are also responsible for keeping the water bodies dissimilar.

It’s a myth – ‘meet but do not mix’!

Surprised! Or confused? You heard that right. This ‘meet but do not mix’ concept is partially a myth. If ever you get to notice these borders of their intersection, you will see them varying at times. The fact is, those waters do mix eventually, but their intersecting borders are not static.

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A sneak peek of this photo’s history:

Guess how this occurrence on Earth caught the eyes of this world? The original photo was clicked back in 2007 when a team of oceanographers set out for a research work to understand iron’s role in the Gulf of Alaska. Their study also included how that iron in the water bodies reaches northern Pacific regions. However, it only went viral when photographer Kent Smith set out on an expedition back in 2010 and took a photograph. By 2013, this famous photograph received 860,000+ views from users across the globe on

However, it only went viral when photographer Kent Smith set out on an expedition back in 2010 and took a photograph. By 2013, this famous photograph received 860,000+ views from users across the globe on internet. All those misconceptions are doing the rounds regarding ‘meeting and mixing’ were cleared by him later on. Presently, studies are on regarding how the presence of this iron influences

Presently, studies are on regarding how the presence of this iron influences growth of plankton and marine productivity.

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As for you; keep aside all these explanations for now. Experience the spectacular splendor of nature at the Gulf of Alaska!

 


Gulf of Alaska, Where Two Oceans Meet But Never Mix

  • Brody Jackson

    This is a neat phenomena but it’s not just here that this happens. For instance I live in Jacksonville Beach. Florida. The St. Johns River empties into the Atlantic Ocean here. Every day you see the same thing – and it usually looks very similar with a light and dark colored water on either side of the (what fishermen call ‘the rip’) line of the 2 types of water. It’s also a great place to fish as it seems the fish like to go in and out of the 2 types of water in search of different prey.

    • Majd Kittaneh

      This phenomena is mentioned in the Quran in soret alrahman “مرج البحرين يلتقيان بينهما برزخ لا يبغيان” ashhad an la elah ella Allah w ashad an mohammad abduho w rsoulh

      • Nicole King

        “This phenomenon” or “These phenomena”. A common mistake made even by native English speakers, too.

    • Ronny Paul

      Why not post a photograph of this spectacular sight of the rip as you mention, so that we people who may never be able to visit the place can at least have a visual, Brody Jackson.

  • Moon Sun

    Why bother our brains.Just go to ask the Muslims that this phenomenon has known from their Prophet Muhammad by the 14th century and are mentioned Quran. Strange that all the discoveries that fascinates the world is not something for Muslims because they know it from the holy Quran and the prophet Mohammed, the strangest thing is that all the disasters and wars they received it patiently, because they know it will occur through conversations Prophet Muhammad. Strange that all the discoveries that fascinates the world is not something for Muslims because they know it from the holy Quran and the prophet Mohammed, the strangest thing is that all the disasters and wars they received it patiently, because they know it will occur through conversations Prophet Muhammad, bottom line, just go read about science in the Muslim religion you’ll find out that Muslims are the preceded of the world of science.

    • MiaOhMya

      I discovered this as a child on a river

  • Nicole King

    Peak means apex. Peek means look quickly. Two words that sound the same, so a 50:50 chance of choosing the wrong one … if you haven’t a clue. Seems you haven’t a clue.

  • Jacob Disosway

    Koran also mixes 50 year old perv and 9 year old girl

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