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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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