Where DO the Two Oceans Meet? - Travel Blog
If you are travelling the Garden Route or in the general area you can not miss taking in the scenery of Cape Agulhas!! As a tourist from another continent I may . But is Cape Point's claim to fame that it is "where two oceans meet" just tourism hype? Well, not at all So where really do the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet?. Yes, somebody did draw a line — to demarcate where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The International Hydrographic Organisation, in fact, which.
On his return journey, Dias passed another rocky headland but he was unaware that this unimpressive point was the southern extremity of Africa. Many people still believe that Cape of Good Hope is the southern-most tip of the African continent but that title belongs to Cape Agulhas—the inconspicuous rocky headland about km further south.
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Incidentally, Cape Agulhas is also the place where the official dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans passes.
A stone plaque on the beach marks the place. The boundary was not arbitrarily chosen.
This is the place where the warm-water Agulhas current of the Indian Ocean meets the cold water Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean and turns back on itself.
Ocean currents shift and mingle. Where the Indian and Atlantic oceans actually meet has been the topic of many heated arguments among South Africans. To root of the confusion is that the point at which the Agulhas current meets the Benguela current tends to fluctuate seasonally between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point, about 1.
According to marine biologists, the actual meeting point can be established by observing the differences in marine life brought about by the changes in temperature along the coast.
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It empties out east of Prince William Sound, carrying with it all that heavy clay and sediment. And with that sediment comes iron.
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. As for that specific photo, Bruland said that it shows the plume of water pouring out from one of these sediment-rich rivers and meeting with the general ocean water.Indian and pecific ocean Meeting point-Breathtaking view 2017
It's also a falsehood that these two types of water don't mix at all, he said. Such borders are never static, he added, as they move around and disappear altogether, depending on the level of sediment and the whims of the water.
Mythbusting 'the place where two oceans meet' in the Gulf of Alaska - Anchorage Daily News
There is much study being conducted on how this iron influences marine productivity, in particular its effects on the growth of plankton, which Bruland referred to as "the base of the food chain.
So next time somebody shares a "really cool photo" of "the place where two oceans meet," feel free to let them know the science behind the phenomenon. After all, in this Internet age, nothing spreads faster than misinformation.
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