Janice Hall Heck

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Two Oceans Meet in Gulf of Alaska? Not!

I recently came across this picture in my Facebook stream:

"The place where two OCEANS meet! LIKE if you think it's cool!"

Gulf of Alaska “The place where two OCEANS meet! LIKE if you think it’s cool!” (Facebook) Original photo credit: Kent Smith. See below for link.

The caption claims that two oceans meet in the Gulf of Alaska, but that is incorrect. Take a look at this map of the Gulf of Alaska: the Pacific Ocean is the only ocean that touches the Gulf of Alaska.

map Gulf of Alasaka

What’s the true story about this picture? You can find the answer in this article, “Mythbusting: Place Where Two Oceans Meet Gulf of Alaska.”

Ben Anderson, the writer of this article says this:

This is a strange and natural phenomenon where heavy, sediment-laden water from glacial valleys and rivers [of Alaska] pours into the open ocean. There in the gulf the two types of water run into each other.

Anderson further states that the iron-rich river water eventually does mix with the ocean water, and then the ocean water further carries these valuable mineral nutrients to iron-deprived waters of the mid-gulf, feeding the base of the food chain, plankton.

Just like George Washington said, “You have to check your facts on Internet.” Oh, maybe it was Abraham Lincoln who said that. Let me check Internet.

The Last Meow

Photo credit: www.egriz.com

Photo credit: http://www.egriz.com

Wait a minute. That doesn’t make sense. George Washington lived from 1732 to 1799, and Internet wasn’t invented until the late 1950s. And Lincoln couldn’t have made that statement either.

Let me check with Al Gore on that. Oh wait, did he really say he invented the Internet?

Or is that another myth? Perhaps he just overstated his case. You think?

Last year the Vice President made a straightforward statement on his role. He said: “During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

Of course, Al Gore’s supporters see it differently.

We don’t think, as some people have argued, that Gore intended to claim he “invented” the Internet. Moreover, there is no question in our minds that while serving as Senator, Gore’s initiatives had a significant and beneficial effect on the still-evolving Internet. The fact of the matter is that Gore was talking about and promoting the Internet long before most people were listening.  We feel it is timely to offer our perspective. Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf , and Alan M. Gaines of the National Science Foundation.

Kent Smith, the photographer who captured this shot, sent this link to the original photo. He lists additional resources explaining the phenomenon in the picture. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentsmith9/4955772693/in/set-72157622762300631/

See also:
News Report: Our Dirty Ocean-Tsunami Trash. Rumors and Truth. Janice Heck, 2013/11/07
News Connection: Can One 10-Year-Old Girl Save Our Oceans?
Book Review: The Light Between Oceans, a novel by M. L. Stedman

Whatever. Now can I take my nap?

Meow for now. =<^;^>=

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29 thoughts on “Two Oceans Meet in Gulf of Alaska? Not!

  1. Jeannine Stone on said:

    Thanks for the information, that’s very interesting.

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  3. Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.

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  5. Natural phenomenon always bring amazing appearance to anyone. Thank you for visiting my blog and in return I visit yours. What a wonderful blog you have, Janice. Greetings from the other side of the globe. Indonesia 🙂

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  7. MEOWWWWWW!! Greetings fellow feline! Very interesting…. The human really enjoyed learning about the two oceans” meeting in the Gulf…” and she loved the part about the internet and Al Gore!

    My favorite part is the kat at the Computer!



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  9. Hi Janice. This is a very interesting and informative post. I like your style of writing and sense of humour. 🙂 I’m also a cat lover. I’ve got two cats – Bonnie and Clyde. Thank you for liking my post “Remembrance Sunday”.

  10. Great picture and information anyhow. Maybe they were all time travelers, came forward in time to use the Internet, then went back. It makes as much sense as anything else.

  11. glad to see you’re checking your facts:-) I’m a skeptic too but I have to admit, a lot of times I just pass on things I’ve read without really looking into them all that much.
    I’ve been to the Gulf of Alaska quite a few times, can’t say I remember seeing this happen there, but I see it happen in the Gulf of Mexico a lot. (No glaciers down here) 🙂
    thanks for stopping by!

    • I lived in Alaska for ten years, and it annoys me when I see incorrect information being passed around on Internet. Do you see outflow from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico? I imagine the Mississippi carries a lot of silt to deposit in the ocean. Hey, I’ll look on Internet to see if I can find some pictures. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I appreciate it.

  12. Hey Janice, I see you found my photo from my trip through Alaska a few years ago. I posted it in Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentsmith9/4955772693/in/set-72157622762300631/ and then it went viral. I usually give my photos some kind of title and I spontaneously created “Merging Oceans” for that image. It is funny that people think my photo title is an actual statement of the situation as opposed to an artistic title.

    My site gives some explanation on the condition that causes the two different colors in the water if your readers want to learn even more. It also looks like the next few days will see it cross over 1,000,000 views on flickr alone, not to mention all the other sites like yours that have copied the image as well.

  13. How exciting to get a note from you. Kent. This is an exciting picture. 1,000,000 views! Wow. That’s impressive. And this post has been my most popular with well over 2000 views. I lived in Alaska for ten years, so I felt obligated to correct the Facebook interpretation of the picture. I always wondered who the original photographer was. and now I can give you proper credit. Thanks for the additional links. I have added your link up in the post.

    • I just checked the stats on this post…5,430 views since I posted it on July 2, 2013.

      • Thanks for adding my photo credit and the links to the other images. I had so many people claim I photoshopped the whole image that I was driven to add the other photos taken from the ship as we neared that location.

        Wow. 5K+ views. I guess this image continues to make big numbers for everyone involved. 🙂

        In fact over the weekend I even created a Facebook page for the image in honor if its 1,000,000 views this week just to have more fun with it. https://www.facebook.com/MergingOceans

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