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This is a place where 2 oceans meet, but do not mix. Why won't they mix?

  1. Lady_E profile image74
    Lady_Eposted 5 years ago

    This is a place where 2 oceans meet, but do not mix. Why won't they mix?

    Very strange, but interesting. (Not Photo-shopped)

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/7468550_f260.jpg

  2. Bob Zermop profile image90
    Bob Zermopposted 5 years ago

    Lovely photo. I've only seen something like this once, when I was in Tangere looking at the Straight of Gibraltar. Is that where this was taken?
    I don't actually have a definite answer to your question, but I would guess that is has to do with a difference in salinity, and perhaps temperature. A difference in density would allow the two bodies of water to sit touching each other but not mix immediately.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. It's Middle of the Gulf of Alaska.

      1. Mehboob Aley Cahn profile image59
        Mehboob Aley Cahnposted 2 months agoin reply to this

        Are you sure it is in the gulf of alaska.
        Because if it so than the correct explanation will be that it is the glacial water entering the ocean.As pacific and Atlantic meets in cape horn.

    2. aesta1 profile image91
      aesta1posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I also something like this in Tangiers just last January.

  3. MickS profile image69
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    Yes, I agree with BZ, don't know where it is but I reckon it's to do with salinity and water density.

  4. Goody5 profile image67
    Goody5posted 5 years ago

    Both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean come together in the Panama Canal.

  5. baygirl33 profile image61
    baygirl33posted 5 years ago

    I believe it's where two tides meet,both going different ways.

  6. dailytop10 profile image90
    dailytop10posted 5 years ago

    I believe it has to do with differences on their density.

    1. Jamil Oussama profile image61
      Jamil Oussamaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Quran 27- 61. Is He [not best] who made the earth a stable ground and placed within it rivers and made for it firmly set mountains and placed between the two seas a barrier? Is there a deity with Allah ? [No], but most of them do not know.

  7. ahorseback profile image78
    ahorsebackposted 5 years ago

    Lady E , probably has something to do with the poilitics between two  nations oceans !..lol

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Lol, Ed. :-)

    2. TerryK81 profile image60
      TerryK81posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      2nd that motion

    3. peachpurple profile image82
      peachpurpleposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      a good one. LOL!!

  8. JT Walters profile image78
    JT Waltersposted 5 years ago

    It looks like it is in the North Pacific?

  9. Abhaque Supanjang profile image81
    Abhaque Supanjangposted 5 years ago

    Subhanallah.....! Where is it ?
    Believe it or not, this phenomenon has been stated in Al-Qur'anulkarim (the Holy Book of Islam) Surah Ar-Rahman verse 19-21 whose translation: He lets two oceans flow which then meet; between the two there is a separator that can not be got through by one and another; So, which God's benediction that you will deny ?
    This has been stated in Al-Qur'anulkarim since 1434 years ago...!

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's interesting to know. I wonder if there is a deeper meaning of it in the Qur'an explaining why God/Allah made it so....

    2. arksys profile image92
      arksysposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      the Quran doesn't give us explanations of everything ... but makes us aware of things that we do not know...
      here's a scientific explanation for it ...
      http://www.islam-guide.com/frm-ch1-1-e.htm

    3. rumanasaiyed profile image81
      rumanasaiyedposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      @ lady_E  ..
      God  created  this to show His existence.
      Usually  ( by nature)when two water bodies meet  they mixes but  this seas  does not mix each other. And this is the sign  that this whole creation is made by a Supreme Being (Allah).

    4. watergeek profile image97
      watergeekposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      So Muhammed used it as an allegory to illustrate that people are different from each other, and who's to say which one is better or worse? Interesting that he knew of this place that long ago (or could "see" it).

  10. Doc Snow profile image96
    Doc Snowposted 5 years ago

    Intriguing image.  Is that surf breaking along the line of division?  I wonder if it's possible that the left side of the image shows a (slightly) submerged ice floe.  I think that there are circumstances that may make that possible, but don't know much about the topic.

  11. profile image60
    truparad0xposted 5 years ago

    Not to be all geeky and stuff, but this has something to do with the salinity (saltiness) of the two oceans.  One is fed by a melting glacier.  Due to the sheer volume of water, they do not mix.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks

  12. cuttler profile image60
    cuttlerposted 5 years ago

    Where is this place and which two oceans are these?

    1. profile image60
      truparad0xposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska.

  13. Shaurya Gungun profile image54
    Shaurya Gungunposted 5 years ago

    wow !!!!

    due to differnt temperature ,nd salinity of water dey do not mix ... well anyways intresting smile

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you.

  14. TerryK81 profile image60
    TerryK81posted 5 years ago

    A variety of explanations could be concluded from this.  One being that the "lighter" side is a reef of some sort (big maybe), and that the "darker" side is where the ocean drops off. It looks like this at Tybee Island beach in Georgia out on "Little Tybee" when the tide goes out. This, too, could be the explanation. There are things in this world not yet understood, and probably never will be understood in this life. Wait a minute, thats the Gulf of Alaska..

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Cheers Terry, Some things in the world are definitely a mystery. We still haven't worked out the Bermuda Triangle.....

  15. theodoresumrall profile image59
    theodoresumrallposted 5 years ago

    It is a result of the melting glaciers being composed of fresh water and the ocean has a higher percentage of salt causing the two bodies of water to have different densities and therefore makes it more difficult to mix. ~ canucks.com

  16. Pool Of Thoughts profile image59
    Pool Of Thoughtsposted 5 years ago

    I think its because they don't have "add-sense", it seems to holding everything else up too....LOL

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha....an  interesting pool of thoughts

  17. MissJamieD profile image72
    MissJamieDposted 5 years ago

    Direction and possibly water temperature?

  18. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 5 years ago

    does it got to do with the level of saltiness? Maybe the darker side is too salty. Very beautiful sight and unique!

  19. taburkett profile image59
    taburkettposted 5 years ago

    the 2 do not mix due to continually equal opposing force.

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting...

  20. lone77star profile image83
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    Two bodies of water will have a hard time mixing if they are,

    * different temperatures
    * different salinities

    But I've never seen something so stark.

    Where is it?

    1. melbel profile image95
      melbelposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      This particular photo was taken in the Gulf of Alaska.

    2. TSM Fan profile image60
      TSM Fanposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      nice answer!

  21. MarieAlana1 profile image71
    MarieAlana1posted 5 years ago

    I think this has to do with plate tectonics and how the two plates are colliding against one another.

    1. melbel profile image95
      melbelposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Incorrect.

  22. rfelix1 profile image60
    rfelix1posted 5 years ago

    The Alaska Dispatch wrote an article on this exact picture, debunking many of the myths surrounding what the photo actually shows, and explains how the phenomenon in the photo occurs.

    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/m … ulf-alaska

    1. Lady_E profile image74
      Lady_Eposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. That's awesome of you to share.

    2. profile image55
      Hugho Njauposted 9 months agoin reply to this

      Excelent presentation

  23. Mega over profile image55
    Mega overposted 5 years ago

    There might be a natural barrier at the meeting of the two oceans.

  24. Shrouds profile image60
    Shroudsposted 5 years ago

    They are just like magnet,cannot meet a same gender except in some areas which they allow it by law-LOL

  25. shaxespeare profile image61
    shaxespeareposted 5 years ago

    It's simple really! Jesus is on one side and the devil on the other: Light and darkness just won't mix. Well, guess I know on which side I'd rather take a dive going by the shades.....lol. It's an awesome sight! Thanks Lady E.

  26. Skylanders profile image66
    Skylandersposted 5 years ago

    I would guess it is due to the two bodies of water having different salinities?

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    American Heartsposted 5 years ago

    I think it is because one is salt water and the other is fresh water, like in Aquariums, you don't mix fresh water fish with salt water fish. They both need opposite water from each other.

  28. profile image0
    Gamesjokerposted 4 years ago

    Yup this been mention in (Holy Quran) , Really great phenomenon Amazing to see in Person.

  29. LensMan999 profile image54
    LensMan999posted 4 years ago

    This is a very wonderful picture. It really shows how much more we need to know about universe and it's mysteries. There must really be a scientific answer for this question. It may be the difference in the densities of water in both these oceans or due to it's different salanities.

  30. erorantes profile image50
    erorantesposted 4 years ago

    It is the speed of a passing boat. Leaves a wave just like this meeting two ocean. The movement of the water does different color of the reflection  of the blue sky on the water.

  31. Say Yes To Life profile image80
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 4 years ago

    Regarding those answers that say it's the difference in water salinity - freshwater rivers flow into the ocean all the time, and they mix.
    It looks like conflicting tides to me.

    1. melbel profile image95
      melbelposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      It IS the difference in two types of water meeting. Immediately, there is a stark contrast as the types of water haven't had the opportunity to mix. The picture in question was take at the Gulf of Alaska where iron-rich glacial water met ocean water.

  32. profile image56
    ParkourParker99posted 4 years ago

    Different salt quantities or something like that

  33. Ahdilarum profile image72
    Ahdilarumposted 3 years ago

    May be because of the density of the water, it may not mix.

    1. sivasubrahmanyam profile image59
      sivasubrahmanyamposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Not only the density, it is mainly due to the chemical and mineral composition the water contains.

  34. profile image52
    lady ditcherposted 3 years ago

    there  is  no colour of water      so   ther is a difference in the  colour  of  land  between these two  oceans   
    water  is  mixing  but   because of their difference in colour of land   we  thought  that   they are not mixing

  35. AngeloPaglialonga profile image60
    AngeloPaglialongaposted 3 years ago

    wow!!! Lovely photo! The two oceans meet like two lovers. With their differences but both beautiful

  36. Samuel Barrett profile image86
    Samuel Barrettposted 3 years ago

    Different salinity, different temperatures, different current directions. That's my best guess.

  37. Naz Ahmed profile image59
    Naz Ahmedposted 3 years ago

    Please type in on your search Engines ... Al-Rahman 55-19 you will find your answer. Nasa just found this out. Muslims have known about it since the 6th AD . Reveiled to us centuries ago.

  38. Jamil Oussama profile image61
    Jamil Oussamaposted 2 years ago

    The answer of your question is in ** Quran 27- 61. Is He [not best] who made the earth a stable ground and placed within it rivers and made for it firmly set mountains and placed between the two seas a barrier? Is there a deity with Allah ? [No], but most of them do not know.**

    Talked about this phenomenon from 1437 years ago. And the answer of your question is in the verse Above.

  39. roselinsojan profile image51
    roselinsojanposted 21 months ago

    I think, may be the water temperature&the dark side is more salty.

  40. writer_villa profile image60
    writer_villaposted 19 months ago

    The image actually depicts Gulf waters of Alaska. Although it is a unique phenomenon, it may not show where two oceans meet, but do not mix. In fact, a research cruise (by UC- Santa Cruz – 2007) led by Professor Ken Bruland took this picture.

    Truly, it highlights things that might happen, when sediment rich water from huge glacial valleys of Alaska flow into the open waters of the Gulf. The main goal of the research project was to study huge, slow moving eddies (accompanied by gradually moving currents) entering gradually from Alaska mainland into the seas. Eddies from glaciers usually carry sediment rich and organic mud like clay, and these iron rich materials suspend themselves in the water for a long duration.

    Once these materials enter into the seas of Alaska, they are maneuvered by ocean currents slowly meandering from the east to west. Incidentally, these materials circulate for some time before mixing with the open ocean waters. Once the iron-rich eddy mixes the iron-short ocean waters evenly, the water turns bluish thus making the mix uniform and well spread. In other words, it is false to say that these two types of water never mix! The boundary that exists between the ocean waters and eddy is uneven and they do not have a well-defined boundary too. Gulf of Alaska is not a place, where two oceans meet! The Baltic Sea and North Sea meet each in the northern zone of the Pacific Ocean.

    1. sivasubrahmanyam profile image59
      sivasubrahmanyamposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      The main scientific reason for two different colors being the Scattering of light.

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    Gifariposted 18 months ago

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  42. sulaimandua profile image60
    sulaimanduaposted 17 months ago

    The Alaska Dispatch wrote an article on this exact picture
    http://www.websosial.com/2016/06/minuma … segar.html

  43. Kovin Siva profile image60
    Kovin Sivaposted 16 months ago

    Due to salinity level. This is the same for underground lakes too.

  44. melbel profile image95
    melbelposted 16 months ago

    It's the difference in two types of water meeting. Immediately, there is a stark contrast as the types of water haven't had the opportunity to mix. Sometimes these contrasts go away, such as in the case of the Gulf of Alaska (where this photo was taken.) This occurs when glaciers melt, dragging along with it, iron. This iron-rich meltwater meets the ocean's water creating such a difference in colors. They do eventually mix.

  45. Angel Guzman profile image89
    Angel Guzmanposted 13 months ago

    Wow nature is amazing. Looking at Lake Michigan you see some patches lighter and darker than others.

  46. profile image60
    Daniil Timinposted 12 months ago

    This is awesome, I didn't know that it was even a thing.

  47. nomadspirit profile image98
    nomadspiritposted 11 months ago

    I don't know the answer to this, but this place is gorgeous. Bucket list material!

  48. sandyfood profile image61
    sandyfoodposted 10 months ago

    Allah says: "He who is the meadow of Bahrain, this is the torment of the Euphrates, and this is the salt of the concubine, and made between them a barber and an enclosed stone." [Al-Furqan: 53] This verse speaks of the grace of God's blessings on us, which is to make between the fresh river and the salty sea barzha immune to prevent the tyranny of one on the other and maintain the water balance on the planet, so he said: (and make them Barzkha). We note from this verse that the sea can be a frat, and can be salty. In this verse also referred to the existence of a strong barrier and strong called the Koran (Isthmus).

    Those who contemplate this verse realize that God is talking about a great miracle and a great verse: the mixing of fresh water with salt water through a barrier and a tight stone. As if God gives us a reference to the importance of this region, the estuaries in the sea, and this is what we will see now scientifically.

    What is stone?

    Al-Fayrouz Abadi says in the dictionary of the surrounding dictionary: "The stone: prohibition, and grew up in his chamber ie: in the conservation" [1]. And we can conclude that there is a barrier blocked and preserved under the auspices of God, or that there is a region of water surrounded by barriers like a closed room, and Ibn Katheer says in his interpretation of this verse: "Which is the meadow of Bahrain: the creation of water, sweet and salt .. Sweet like rivers, And this is the sweet sea, and he made between them a barzakha: a barrier, and an enclosed stone: that is to prevent one from reaching the other. [2] But what about the modern science and what does it say about that?

    The importance of water isthmus

    A water isthmus is an estuary when the river meets the sea, ie, when fresh water meets salt water, an area that is closed and surrounded by a water barrier or land. Scientists today call them estuary and these areas are of great interest to scientists, because the mixing of fresh water with salt is a unique phenomenon and truly wonderful [3].

    Those who visit this downstream area, or what the Qur'an calls the area of ​​the barrier or isthmus, note the large differences in this environment and the differences in water density, salinity, and temperature from one moment to the next and from one season to another [4], ie mixing, mixing and continuous overlap of freshwater and brackish water .

    Perhaps we wonder if we know that the word (meadow) in the verse: (which is the meadow of Bahrain)

  49. rafeekbuddu profile image59
    rafeekbudduposted 7 months ago

    good question, here is the answer for you in detail with the reference. If you think its useful please rate as good.
    Thank you

    The Holy Quran mentioned that there is a barrier between two seas that meet and that they do not transgress. God has said:

    "He has set free the two seas meeting together. There is a barrier between them. They do not transgress. (Quran, 55:19-20)".

    Source : https://www.quora.com/The-Quran-says-th … erse-25-53

  50. Shwetam profile image61
    Shwetamposted 5 months ago

    I guess they have false ego , superiority complex .....they are not even trying LOL. Its strange even oceans sometimes behaves like us humans.

 
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