A Photo of Ocean Borders

| May 1, 2011
 

I thought this merging oceans or ocean borders was the most unusual thing I saw on the Alaskan cruise in the water. These two bodies of water were merging in the middle of the Alaskan gulf and there was a foam developing only at their junction. I thought this was an example of a Halocline, which is a cline caused by a strong, vertical salinity gradient within a body of water. However, a few people have commented that a Halocline is more of a horizontal phenomenon and this is more vertically oriented.

I am pretty confident that what you are seeing 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. I’m told they will eventually mix given enough time. Anyway, whatever it is, the merging oceans surely an amazing nature event.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith

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  1. r says:

    I’M SORRY, I SEEM TO BE MENTALLY RETARDED, COULD YOU MAKE THOSE RED ARROWS A LITTLE CLEARER? AM I SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING AT THE HORIZON? WHERE IS THIS BORDER YOU SPEAK OF?

    PS. You should use those red arrows to “enhance” EVERY image on you blog.

  2. Hamid says:

    This fact is clearly mentioned in the Holy Quran, in the Chapter ” Al-Rahman”.. ” The Most Gracious”

    The excerpt is mentioned below for my non muslim friends

    55:19 He sent forth the two great bodies of water (one palatable and sweet and the other saltish and bitter); they meet (each other) (25:53, 27:61, 35:12, 18:60)

    55:20 (Yet) there is a barrier (and inviolable obstruction) between them that they do not transgress (25:53)

    55:21 Then which of the powers of your Lord you would deny?

  3. M.H.M says:

    Thanks Hamid for additional info. Really informative.

  4. lol says:

    Oh Hamid, dont you know that both Arctic Ocean and Pacific Ocean are salty ? Seems your god doesnt either.

  5. Double-LOL says:

    Oh poor lol, you got wrong this time, i feel sorry for you.

    Today you can say that you can get into Canada from USA without entering into another country. Or you can put one foot in USA and another in Mexico. But if there comes a new country tomorrow, in between USA and Canada, or USA and Mexico, your claim will be totally false in day after tomorrow, if considered what is there at that time. Right????

    So you should not think “great bodies of water” as oceans such as Atlantic, Indian, Arctic (the names which came recently). What Qur’an is talking about is fresh water (river) and salt water (ocean), not the great oceans (which is salt water).

    And one more thing, Don’t judge Qur’an by it’s English translations, coz many Arabic words are difficult to translate to other languages with it’s FULL meaning.

    I hope you will use your brain a bit more if you are trying to comment about Qur’an.

    Regards.

  6. egyptian says:

    oh poor double
    you say :” And one more thing, Don’t judge Qur’an by it’s English translations, coz many Arabic words are difficult to translate to other languages with it’s FULL meaning. “”

    it seems that the Islamic god does not speak English , besides the quranic verse in english is very clear , i am egyptian i know arabic very well and what hamid mentioned is the explanatio n i hear here in egypt and islamic countries , but he did not notice that the topic is speaking about ocean not river and sea

  7. Salah says:

    To: lol

    It’s for both type salt+sweet & salt+salt they do not mix. This fact are mentioned, also many used to explain it many years even before. Even Jacques Coustea the great French scientist, oceanographer mention it and he did refer to the Quran.

  8. Khalid says:

    It is revealed 1400 years before that there are oceans which are never merging and keep distance and you can feel them and see them with naked eyes. There are oceans running parellel to each others like: sweet and salty, hot and cold,different in colors (IN SOUTH AFRICA) etc and they never over ride each others, nor ever merge with each others. That’s with the orders and powers of ALMIGHTY ALLAH (GOD) they just run in their streams and way.

    This is really a mircale and shows power of ALMIGHTY

    Khalid

  9. nature phenomenon is connected with religion….hmmm its often do for some people…but what is exactly this article wrote for? to start a debate?

  10. nature phenomenon is connected with religion….hmmm ….no comment

  11. Angie says:

    God Created the Heavens and the Earth- God created Nature- Some people are so lost- Clearly the devil has u Brain washed– #Lord forgive him smh you’ll see in the END — You’ll beg for Mercy–