Photo of the Day

Credit: Kent Smith

Credit: Kent Smith

A picture from the Gulf of Alaska that has been making the rounds on the Internet for the last few years — though particularly in recent weeks — shows a strange natural phenomenon that occurs when heavy, sediment-laden water from glacial valleys and rivers pours into the open ocean. There in the gulf, the two types of water run into each other, a light, almost electric blue merging with a darker slate-blue.

Informally dubbed “the place where two oceans meet,” the explanation for the photo is a simple one, though there are many misconceptions about it, including that catchy title.

The photo was taken by photographer Kent Smith while on a July 2010 cruise in the Gulf of Alaska.

 

Source: Alaska Dispatch


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