Most Remarkable Confluence Points Where Water Bodies Refuse To Mix

Confluences are points where two bodies of water meet. In most cases, they are points where small tributaries feed a larger river; On other ocassions, where two large rivers meet and in rarer cases, where the river itself meets the Ocean. Generally, the are usually remarkable sites and attract visitors and admirers globally.

But there are confluences, and there are confluences. Yes, there are!

What makes some of the confluences remarkable? Thier rude immiscibility!! 

Some rivers outrightly reject each other. Yeah, it happens and they are usually remarkable scenes.

Lets look at eight major of such remarkable global points.

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1. Confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers (Lytton, BC, Canada)

Mind-blowing is the word. A true beauty to behold. The Thompson River characterized by powerful rapids and beautiful canyons is the 3 largest river of British Columbia. The Fraser River on the other hand which happens to be the longest river in Canada has a grey muddy colour due to its heavy sediment content. The result of their amalgamation is an immiscible row of pure hue and brown ribbon flowing side by side.

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

The Colorado River is a very long body of water that flows through big US states. Like the Thompson river, it is characterised by  canyons and cataracts and has a reddish look due to passage through predominantly clayey terrain. The Green River as the name implies has a bright frightening green colour  and  carries a much denser load of dirt. The two rivers meet in Canyonlands National Park in Utah in  a very remarkable way and a much more glorious topography. It is one of Americas most iconic geographic sites.

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

The Mississippi River is the 4th largest and 10th longest river in the world - running from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. It carries less sediment than the Ohio River, giving it a greener tinge. The Ohio River is the largest tributary of the Mississippi and contains high levels of sediment, turning it a brown color. When the two rivers meet, directly below Cairo, IL, the sight is unforgettable.

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

Both the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi Rivers are both major Himalayan rivers loaded with Hindu culture and history. The Alaknanda travels 118 miles through the Alaknanda Valley before meeting the dam filled and more turbulent Bhagirathi River in Deyprayag. It is one of the worlds most respected heritage sites.

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

The Rio Negro is the largest left tribute of the Amazon River and the largest black water river in the world. Technically, the Rio Negro is not black (as its name implies), but does harbour a very dark color. When it meets the Rio Solimoes,  the two rivers meet side by side without mixing. You can clearly see a stark contrast between the deep coloured Rio Negro and the sandy-muddy Amazon River.

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

The Jialing River of China is a very sinuous and winding body of water. It is distinguished by its purity and clear colored waters, much cleaner than the Yangtze River of which it feeds into. The Yangtze River on the contrary, is the longest river in Asia. Unfortunately, it has suffered major industrial pollution in recent years, which is what gives it its brown colour 

They meet in Chongquing and the sight is a good illustration of the rude pang of civilization.

7. Confluence of the Ilz, Danube, and Inn Rivers (Passau, Germany)

A sheer triplet of natural beauty. In Passau, Germany: the Ilz, Danube, and the Inn, all with their own distinct coloring amalgamate in a startling confluence. The Ilz River is a smaller mountain stream, running through the Bavarian forest before meeting with the 2 other larger water bodies. It has a bluer color than the Danube and Inn Rivers, the later which runs through Switzerland, Austria, and Germany is the deepest of the three hues.

8. Confluence of the Rhone and Arve Rivers (Geneva, Switzerland)

The Rhone and the Arye are major European rivers running through France and the Swiss Alps. The Rhone has a much bluer color when the two of which meet in Geneva. This is because The Arye unlike its bluer colleague receives most of its water from glaciers of the Chamoniz Valley, which gives it a high silt content and muddy-looking color. They run side by side for miles, rejecting any attempt of miscibility. The scene attracts thousands of admirers all over the world yearly and is regarded as one of Europe’s most adored scene.

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