Mythbusting 'the place where two oceans meet' in the Gulf of Alaska - Anchorage Daily News
Cape Horn (55°58′ S, 67°16′ W). At this spot the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet, often in a confrontation. No land to the east, none to the west—winds. A video circulating on social media shows what looks like a clear division between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, with descriptions. Five oceanic divisions are usually recognized: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern; the last two listed are sometimes consolidated into the first three. The borders of the oceans are the limits of the Earth's oceanic waters. The definition and is described as the point where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
- Borders of the oceans
- No, this video doesn’t show the point where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans “meet but don’t mix”
He said the purpose of the cruise was to examine how huge eddies -- slow moving currents -- ranging into the hundreds of kilometers in diameter, swirl out from the Alaska coast into the Gulf of Alaska. Those eddies often carry with them huge quantities of glacial sediment thanks to rivers like Alaska's mile-long Copper River, prized for its salmon and originating from the Copper Glacier far inland.
It empties out east of Prince William Sound, carrying with it all that heavy clay and sediment. And with that sediment comes iron. This is one of the primary methods that iron -- found in the clay and sediment of the glacial runoff -- is transported to iron-deprived regions in the middle of the Gulf of Alaska.
As for that specific photo, Bruland said that it shows the plume of water pouring out from one of these sediment-rich rivers and meeting with the general ocean water. It's also a falsehood that these two types of water don't mix at all, he said.
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Such borders are never static, he added, as they move around and disappear altogether, depending on the level of sediment and the whims of the water. There is much study being conducted on how this iron influences marine productivity, in particular its effects on the growth of plankton, which Bruland referred to as "the base of the food chain.
So next time somebody shares a "really cool photo" of "the place where two oceans meet," feel free to let them know the science behind the phenomenon. After all, in this Internet age, nothing spreads faster than misinformation.
Just one post in English got more thanviews. Most of the posts say that the video shows the meeting point between the two oceans. The same video has also been said to show where the river Congo meets the Atlantic Oceanor even the dividing line between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic.
How do you identify the video's origin? The one thing all these videos have in common is that the video quality is mediocre — and it is likely that a better-quality version of the video exists somewhere on the internet. But we cannot find the original video simply by doing a reverse image search click here to learn how to do an image seach.
The false information has been shared so many times that there are now hundreds of variations on the same post.Place Where Two Oceans Meet EXPLAINED
So to find the original video, we have to start with the process of elimination: Find the first time this video appeared online. To do this, click on "Tools" at the top of your Google search, then "Time" and then click on a "Custom range" date period.