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    Information on the subject:
    I thought this was the most unusual thing I saw on the Alaskan cruise in the water. These two bodies of water were merging in the middle of the Alaskan gulf and there was a foam developing only at their junction.

    I thought this was an example of a Halocline described on Wikipedia. A few people have commented that a Halocline is more of a horizontal phenomenon and this is more vertically oriented.

    I am pretty confident that what you are seeing is a result of the melting glaciers being composed of fresh water and the ocean has a higher percentage of salt causing the two bodies of water to have different densities and therefore makes it more difficult to mix. I'm told they will eventually mix given enough time.

    People have asked me if I just happened to look out over the edge of the ship deck and see this. Actually I had been on the deck for quite some time when I noticed what appeared to be a shadow cast by clouds over the ocean about 5 miles in front of the ship. As we approached the shadow I realized it was something different. I took many shots up to the point I shot this one, but never posted them until a year after this image went viral. I really posted them to convince people I did not Photoshop this image. See the other shots here.

    Information on the photograph and high view count:
    On January 20, 2011, this image was viewed 71,000 times in one day. That was more times than all my other photos, sets, collections, and photostream for the 18 months prior to that date and on that date this photo was not even registered as my most interesting according to Flickr. You can see them here in my other most interesting photos according to Flickr.

    On September 20, 2011, this image went through another viral surge and was viewed 177,456 times that one day, almost 50% of the total number of views it had seen since I first posted it. The following day it only saw 98,285 views. And by the 3rd day it was back to it's prior daily view level of about 500-1000 views per day.

    On September 22, 2011, I was asked by Yahoo News if they could use the photo on their images of the week pages. news.yahoo.com/photos/snapshots-week-of-june-3-1307133161...

    If you want to read about this amazing high view count phenomenon see this link with the details.

    The original site to start all the craziness was Tumblr and as of Jan 22, 2011, the number of comments on Tumblr alone was over 6,400. On March 7, 2011 Tumblr recorded 24,546 likes, comments, and rebloggs. As of Dec 23, 2011 16:00 the Tumblr notes were over 58,000 and climbing about 75 per minute.

    The interestingness finally changed and on Jan 22, 2011 this photo was up to #23 in my photostream. As of February 13, 2011, it is up to #20. You can view all of them with a black background and they look much more impressive. As of February 12, 2011, it hit 100,000. On April 2 it hit 200,000 views with 352 favorites and 3 galleries.

    In April 2012, the image reached 750,000 views and reached 1,000 favorites. On August 30, 2012 it hit 800,000 with 1,085 favorites and 10 gallery entries.

    The AlaskaDispatch ran an article by Ben Anderson on February 5, 2013, discussing this phenomenon and linked back to this page referencing the large number of views it has seen. You can read Ben's article here.

    On November 20, 2013, Hoax or Fact reported this was the 7th most viewed of the articles on their site www.hoaxorfact.com/Most-Read.html

    In early December, in honor of the image crossing 1,000,000 views I created a Merging Oceans Facebook page just for fun. Technically the view count crossed 1 million on December 11, 2013, but a problem with Flickr view count froze all views that day and did not continue counting lifetime views until December 12. That afternoon it showed the 1 million view crossing. People have commented that Flickr changed the view count system a while ago and made views arbitrarily higher than in the past, not necessarily related to the actual views, but this image has seen a pretty constant run of views per day since it first went viral, long before the view count system change.

    A few other sites that currently link to the photo include:
    * www.hoaxorfact.com/Science/merging-oceans-where-two-ocean...
    * www.ridiculousfacts.com/gulf-of-alaska-has-two-oceans-tha...
    * plus.google.com/106223965383290201748/posts/KEkSkizRhQc
    * www.omg-facts.com/Science/There-Is-A-Place-In-The-Gulf-Of...
    * factsnmyths.com/the-meeting-oceans-that-do-not-mix
    * www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/17nbrn/the_gulf_of_alaska_...
    * www.yesiknowthat.com/two-oceans-meet-but-do-not-mix/
    * www.timepass.info/post/Where-two-oceans-meet-but-do-not-m...
    * softbreakers.com/where-two-oceans-meet-gulf-of-alaska/
    * skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/7748/is-there-a-plac...
    * ladye.hubpages.com/question/205767/this-is-a-place-where-...
    * imagescart.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-gulf-of-alaska-where-...
    * motherofposts.com/ZGtjZGL
    * frrole.com/o/the-gulf-of-alaska-where-two-oceans-mee-eart...
    * uniquedaily.com/2011/01/two-merging-oceans/
    * bitsandpieces.us/2012/01/13/merging-oceans/
    * www.borfast.com/blog/baltic-and-north-seas-meet-photo-myth

    Image Filename Coincidence?
    My Canon camera automatically names the images I shoot and advanced the numbers sequentially from 0000 to 9999. I find it quite interesting that this particular image is number 0666. I did not modify it.

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    RikiTikiTembo, *Steffolisch, and 1266 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. MohammdSajjad Mohammadiuoon 12 months ago | reply

      That's just intriguingly awesome!!!
      Quran (Muslims holly book) said it in 1450 years ago (before Americas be Discovered)
      holly Quran ([55:19&20]) :
      He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together. Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress.
      [35:12]:
      Nor are the two bodies of flowing water alike,- the one palatable, sweet, and pleasant to drink, and the other, salt and bitter. Yet from each (kind of water) do ye eat flesh fresh (fish) and tender, and ye extract ornaments to wear; and thou seest the ships therein that plough the waves, that ye may seek (thus) of the Bounty of Allah that ye may be grateful.
      [25:53]:
      It is He Who has let free the two bodies of flowing water: One palatable and sweet, and the other salt and bitter; yet has He made a barrier between them, a partition that is forbidden to be passed.

      www.flickr.com/photos/kentsmith9/4955772693/

    2. chi4404 12 months ago | reply

      This is not two oceans, just one: the Northern Pacific and a large body of water which comes from the glacier rivers of Alaska. These rivers contain high iron glacier sediment thus iron too. The two types of water can not merge because of the iron level of the one which comes from the rivers but eventually they WILL merge it just takes a little time. All the info you need about this is here:

      www.alaskadispatch.com/article/mythbusting-place-where-tw...

    3. Lenabem-Anna J. 9 months ago | reply

      This is a beautiful work of Art!
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    4. Lenabem-Anna J. 9 months ago | reply

      Excellent work!
      Thank you for sharing...
      Admired in :

      After receiving 5 or more "100 000+ Views" awards post
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    5. td-auto@sbcglobal.net 9 months ago | reply

      Thank you for great photo. It is amazing to see great phenomena of the nature. But to all open minded people that believe in Quran, want to help you to see some of the facts that you don’t want to understand or simply do not know. First of all, we all have freedom to study, understand, and acknowledge different point of views no matter were they are coming from. And as intelligent beings, we are capable to conclusion of information that is presented in front of us. Information must be true and factually correct. Some facts about these phenomena:

      We see these proses of mixing salty and fresh water all over the world. Every time fresh water from river is interring in to ocean we have a merger point that create a murky water of mixing salt contents. At smaller river the line of mixing is small and sometimes hard to see or it is even in the river before the ocean. At bigger river it is easier to see, the point when fresh water is merging with salt water. This process of merging is easier to see in colder water and harder to see at wormer water. At wormer climate you may not notice difference on the surface of the water but, if you dive below water line you will clearly see murky area of the mixing salt and fresh water content. At colder climate sometimes it is easier to see do to visible color difference and bigger area of murky mix point. Sometimes Foam is formed do to presents of elevated chemical content in water such as Iron and sediments, usually brought down from mountains or river bed. But it is always mixing at different rates but eventually fresh water becomes salty and there is no barrier created that would prevent it from mixing.

      Now, let’s study geography. Please open maps of the world as we know it. There is a point in the northern hemisphere of our planet where North Pacific Ocean meets with Artic Ocean. More accurately: Chukchi Sea meets with Bearing Sea at Bering Strait. The distance of the meeting of two great oceans is very small, only 88.5 kilometers. Bering Strait is separating two continents of the land mass: North America and Asia. The tip of the North America is called Alaska. Alaska is a 49th state of USA. The tip of the Asia continent is Siberia. Siberia is a region of Russia. Unfortunately at Bearing strait we do not see any barrier between two oceans, water is very rough due to strong currents and high wind but, water can freely flow from one ocean to the other. It would be cool but it is not there.

      Let’s get back to the picture. Picture and phenomenon is observed approximately 1500km from Bearing strait and big land mass is separating it, It called Alaska. The pictures have been taken in Golf of Alaska at Copper River funnel and it is not meeting of two oceans as believed by some. Every summer we see melting of the Alaska glaciers. At wormer summers more and in colder summers less. Melting ice: as fresh water flowing down the streams forming rivers. When these rivers meet North Pacific Ocean at Cooper River Funnel, it creates this beautiful spectacle only at some summer months. Native people (Chukchi) have traveled and lived on these lands for thousands of years. Have some stores and writings dated up to two thousand years of similar occurrences all over the coastal areas when fresh water from melting ice meet ocean. I am very sorry to say to all Muslims that this is not a place that is described in Quran by Muhammad. May be there is such place but this is not it. If you are Muslim and truly have as you say OPEN HART and MIND to knowledge and wonders, if you do not have predigest. If this is true: then read books that is much older than Quran. Some of them you could find in book named Bible. If your hart and mind is open you will see that most of the stories and ideas that you find in Quran are in Bible especially in first part of it (Old Testament or Torah). Some of those stores have been written more than two thousand years before Quran was. And if your heart and mind is open you will find that Quran is bad copy of those books with many mistakes and discrepancies from originals.

    6. ky_hasan 7 months ago | reply

      To Mr. Lee: Very nicely you've described the natural phenomenon. I fully agreed with you. But As a muslim, I disagree with your view stated at the end "And if your heart and mind is open you will find that Quran is bad copy of those books with many mistakes and discrepancies from originals." You must know if you have open mind that all the holly books revealed from almighty whatever you named Him. And you must agree that Quran is the latest version of those earlier books and is the only
      accurate, authentic & comprehensive book where you'll never be able to find out even any single mistake or misstatement. This challenge has been given in the holy Quran itself. You are requested to try also. Please do not put any unfair comment comment like this about any holy book.

    7. flicker: 7 months ago | reply

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      If you +ADD me as a contact I will +ADD you as one too.
      We will see each others recent uploads on the Photo Sharing Page.
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    8. Martin Ystenes 4 months ago | reply

      One million....

    9. jacilluch 4 months ago | reply

      great ♥ ♥ ♥

    10. Martin Ystenes 4 months ago | reply

      12.12.2013, GMT: 23.03: 1,000,001 views! Congratulate!

    11. kentsmith9 4 months ago | reply

      Martin Ystenes Thanks!

    12. meerantj 3 months ago | reply

      “He has let free the two bodies Of
      flowing water, Meeting together:
      Between them is a Barrier Which they
      do not transgress.”

      [Al-Qur’aan 55:19-20]

    13. meerantj 3 months ago | reply

      “It is He Who has Let free the two
      bodies Of flowing water: One palatable
      and sweet, And the other salty and
      bitter; Yet has He Made a barrier
      between them, And a partition that is
      forbidden To be passed.”

      [Al-Qur’aan 25:53]

    14. jacob.pang 3 months ago | reply

      amazing! 1 mil views...congrats! what hack did u use?

    15. Mouhanad.Marzouk 2 months ago | reply

      this is very nice, you can find specific information about this in the Holy Qura'an where it described how to different seas with two different water are beside each others and do not merge

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