Gulf of Alaska

The Gulf of Alaska stretches from Kodiak Island and the Alaska Peninsula to the Alexander Archipelago in the Glacier Bay following the curve of Alaska’s southern coast. It is located in the North Pacific Ocean.

It is famously known as the place where ‘two oceans meet but do not mix’. This strange natural phenomenon has taken place over a long period of time. This region is prone to heavy rains and snow storms as well.


Quick Facts: –

  • The shoreline of Gulf of Alaska is made up of forests, mountains and various tidewater glaciers.
  • The two largest connected bodies of water are Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound.
  • This gulf is the source of vast amounts of seasonal rain falling on the south-western United States and the Pacific Northwest.
  • The Gulf of Alaska has been regarded as a productive ecosystem, a Class I based on the SeaWiFS.
  • Along the coast, there is Lituya Bay. It is the region where the largest tsunami ever recorded happened.
  • In the middle of this gulf, two oceans meet. They do not mix as they have distinct temperatures, density, salinity, and receive different amounts of direct sunlight.
  • This meeting point has two kinds of water, the Natural Blue water and the heavy sediment water.
  • This gulf is also home to a deep water coral, Priminoa Pacifica.
  • There are various indents along the coast of this gulf including Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet.