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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

The Gulf of Alaska, where glacial meltwater meets the ocean! - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They're So Awesome

A confluence is a geography term used to describe when two or more bodies of water meet. It usually used to refer to the point where two or more streams flow together, merging and creating a single stream. But it can also be where a tributary joins a more massive river, as is the case in these ten examples below.


These pictures of river confluence really show off the amazing contrast in color as two different rivers meet. In most of these examples, it's due to a wider, slower river that can carry more silt colliding with one that runs quicker, making them carry different types of earth. But in the case of the Jialing River in China, it's due to human pollution.


1) The confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in Lytton, BC, Canada.

Confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers in Lytton, BC, Canada. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They're So Awesome.

Photo: siacob


2) Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.

Confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They're So Awesome.

Photo: unknown


3) Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, IL, USA.

Confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, IL, USA. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

Photo: NASA


4) Confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers in Devprayag, India.

Confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers in Devprayag, India. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They're So Awesome.

Photo: unknown


5) Confluence of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimoes near Manaus, Brazil.

Confluence of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimoes near Manaus, Brazil. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

Photo: Immelman284


6) Confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers in Chongqing, China.

Confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers in Chongqing, China. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They're So Awesome.

Photo: unknown


7) Confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers in Koblenz, Germany.

Confluence of the Mosel and Rhine Rivers in Koblenz, Germany. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

Photo: Peter Jansen


8) Confluence of the Drava and Danuve Rivers near Osijek, Croatia.

Confluence of the Drava and Danuve Rivers near Osijek, Croatia. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

Photo: WWF: Amazon of Europe


9) Painting of the confluence of the Ilz, Danube, and Inn Rivers in Passau, Germany.

Painting of the confluence of the Ilz, Danube, and Inn Rivers in Passau, Germany. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

Photo: wikimedia


10) Confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers in Geneva, Switzerland.

Confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers in Geneva, Switzerland. - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They’re So Awesome.

Photo: reddit


11) Confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro in Brazil.

The Confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro in Brazil - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They're So Awesome

12) The Gulf of Alaska, where glacial meltwater meets the ocean!

The Gulf of Alaska, where glacial meltwater meets the ocean! - Here Are 12 Points In The World Where Major Bodies Of Water Join Together… And They're So Awesome

It's not two oceans meeting, its glacial meltwater meeting the offshore waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The reason for this strange phenomenon is due to the difference in water density, temperature, and salinity of the glacial meltwater and offshore waters of the Gulf of Alaska, making it difficult to mix.


Interestingly, the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, was founded in 1857 at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers. In English, the name literally means "muddy confluence." Today, the junction there isn't very noticeable.


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