Where does the atlantic and pacific ocean meet

Where does the atlantic and pacific ocean meet

Where does the atlantic and pacific ocean meet

If you live in a city you might have heard of the Raritan where the New York and Newark Rivers meet. It is a site that the people of New Jersey have a lot a history with. The Raritan is a local geographic landmark and has been an important naval station since the Revolutionary War. You can also see the Raritan from the Liberty Bridge crossing the river.


The videos you may have seen online showing two different coloured bodies of water drifting alongside each other are actually showing light-coloured, sediment-rich freshwater from melted glaciers meeting dark, salty ocean water in the Gulf of Alaska (and over time, currents and eddies cause these to mix, too).

Once these glacial rivers pour out into the larger body of water, they're picked up by ocean currents, moving east to west, and begin to circulate there. 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. (Source: www.adn.com)


At this spot the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet, often in a confrontation. No land to the east, none to the west—winds sweep all the way around the world from the west. The closest arm of Antarctica, Graham Land of the Antarctic Peninsula, lies six hundred miles to the south across the roughest stretch of water known on the planet, Drake Passage. Since its discovery by the Dutch mariners Jacques Le Maire and Willem Corneliszoon Schouten in 1616, Cape Horn has become known as the graveyard of ships. Its precise geographical location is the southern headland of Horn Island, Chile, in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the bottom of South America. As ships got larger, they could not navigate the Magellan Strait and had to risk “rounding the Horn,” a phrase that has acquired almost mythical status. For most mariners, it means sailing windward, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, fighting winds, waves, and currents, for sailing with the wind is strategically simpler and carries no bragging rights.

A few years ago, I wrote about the world's "poles of inaccessibility"—the points on land that are farthest from any ocean. The Western Hemisphere's most landlocked point is near the tiny Indian reservation town of Allen, South Dakota, fully 1,025 miles away from both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. But there's someplace in the Americas where you can see both oceans at the same time—and it's a lot more scenic than Allen, South Dakota. (Source: www.cntraveler.com)

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