Sometimes, when bodies of water meet, their differing chemical compounds can cause an interesting occurrence. And while it may appear to be an illusion, I promise, there is no photoshopping here…

When two or more bodies of water meet, it is known as a confluence. Basically, there is a color difference between the two waters and you can clearly see that they are two separate bodies. They can be found all over the world and are quite amazing sights to see.

Below you will find some of the most prominent ones across the globe. While some are more drastic than others, they are all quite fascinating. Have you ever seen anything like this before?

11 Mind-blowing Places On Our Planet Where Bodies Of Water Meet One Another:

1. The confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers (Geneva, Switzerland)

The contrast here is caused by a level of silt that conflicts with that of the other. During the day this is something that can be quite noticeable but at night it’s almost impossible to tell the two apart. Interesting, isn’t it?

2. The confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers (Canyonlands National Park, UT, USA)

In this one part of the water is clearer than the other and one appears almost red. This one also plays into the levels of silt in the water but is a much more intense contract. This interesting meeting occurs in one of the most peculiar locations within the US as well.

3. The confluence of the Mosel and Rhine River (Koblenz, Germany)

This interesting little confluence is in a very prominent travel spot for tourists. The Mosel River flows through Germany and meets with the Rhine River in Koblenz. While it’s not as drastic of a change as some it is still pretty unique.

(Image Via: Peter Jansen)

4. The confluence of the Drava and Danuve Rivers (Osijek, Croatia)

This one consists of Europe’s second longest river and is right in the middle of a crossover that many photographs. This confluence is a very valuable one. Isn’t it fascinating?

5. The confluence of the Thompson and Fraiser Rivers (Lytton, BC, Canada)

This one is quite the sight to see. While it might not seem like much it flows into one another for as far as the eyes can see.

6. The confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers (Devprayag, India)

Both of these rivers are Himalayan rivers and are very important when it comes to Hindu culture. Their meeting place is quite the sight and very spiritual overall. This is a place many consider to be magical.

7. The confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers (Chongqing, China)

The Yangtze River is full of much clearer water but both are very important. For those who might not know, the Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia. This one will make you feel quite small in the grand scheme of things and doesn’t need many words. For China, this is quite the sight.

(Image Via: Unknown)

8. The confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers (Cairo, IL, USA)

The colors of the rivers here vary depending on whether there was lots of rain or not. Sometimes the colors come off quite revered but are always very conflicting. There is a very distinct boundary between the two as they never seem to truly mix.

9. The Pacific meets the Atlantic (The Gulf of Alaska, USA)

This is where two oceans meet so it is not technically a confluence but is worth noting. It is the result of melting glacier water as well as the meeting of the two oceans. It looks quite mysterious for a number of reasons.

10. The confluence of the IIz, Danube, and Inn Rivers (Passau,

11. The confluence of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro (Brazil)

Here is where a smaller river flows into a bigger river and converges but does not mix. The Rio Negro carries no sediment and thus looks quite interesting in comparison to the Amazon River. On very clear days this kind of thing is quite prominent.

12. Confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers (Devprayag, India)


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