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What Causes Two Bodies of Water to Not Mix?

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Published: 29th of May, 2023

Last updated: May 29, 2023 at 6:36 am

The cover photo of this article, taken by Guyanese citizen Quado Vancooten, shows a remarkable natural phenomenon: two bodies of water forming a boundary line between each other. This photo was taken in Region 1 where the Waini River pours into the Atlantic Ocean.

As you can see from the photo above, there is a distinct boundary line between the river and the sea that conjures up the image of a natural wonder. This phenomenon occurs in only a few places on earth. Some examples include the meeting of the Amazon and Black River in Manuas, Amazonas, the meeting of the Cuyuni and Mazaruni River in Essequibo, Region 7, and the one shown above, the meeting of the Waini River and the Atlantic Ocean.

It is hard for the human mind to imagine how a boundary line can be formed between two bodies of water. However, there is a simple scientific explanation. The two bodies of water are flowing at different speeds. They also have different temperatures and densities. These factors keep the energy of each body of water separate for several miles. However, after several miles, the boundary line becomes less visible and eventually disappear as the waters merge to form one body of water.

Understanding why the waters do not mix doesn’t make the phenomenon any less remarkable. It is one that inspires awe in the minds and hearts of people all over the world – a wonder of nature illustrating the power of God. In Manaus, Amazonas, hundreds of people travel everyday to the meeting of the waters where the Amazon and Black Rivers run side by side to see this remarkable natural phenomenon. In Guyana, there is huge untapped potential for developing our meetings of the waters into a sought after tourist destination.

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