Here’s why the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic ocean don’t mix

As we all know, 70% of the Earth is composed of water and just by looking at a world map or a photo of the planet, one may think that all the water is just connected to one another.

Well, it turns out that is not the case as the oceans of the Earth all have “boundaries” which differentiates one from the other. Surprisingly though, these “boundaries” are invisible to the naked eye and can only be explained through science.

In the case of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, aside from the water contents that differ from each other which are density, chemical make-up, and level of salinity, the invisible “boundary” that separates them is called the “ocean clines.”

Scientifically known as “Haloclines” the salinity factor of the two oceans is one evident factor as to why they never mix with each other. This often happens when one of the waters is 5 times saltier than the other.

According to biography, Jacques Cousteau is the famous explorer who was able to take note of this amazing discovery. According to Bright Side, he was deep diving in the Strait of Gibraltar when he noticed that the layers of water with different salinity looked like they were divided by a transparent film.

Another reason for the two oceans never mixing up is inertia powered by the Coriolis Force. According to National Geographic, this force is what enables the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to move in opposite directions.

Image: National Geographic

Another factor that greatly contributes to the phenomenon is the difference in the strength of molecule connections between the two oceans. While these molecules stick together in the same matter, they simply cannot do so if it is with another matter with different properties. Thus, the effect on the two oceans.

This unbelievable phenomenon is just another proof that the Earth really operates on many amazing features. A proof that this planet we live in is made with all these scientific inclinations to make it the best place to live.

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