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Why the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans Don’t Mix

While we give our planet’s oceans distinct names, there is no physical separation between them, and currents constantly flow between them, mixing their waters. At the southernmost tip of South America, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet.’ A strong current sweeps water from the Pacific into the Atlantic in this region, carrying it from west to east.

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

Why the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans Don't Mix
Why the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans Don’t Mix


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