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Barrier Between Sweet And Salt Waters
Consider the following Quranic verse,
“He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together
between them is a barrier which they do not transgress.”
Al-Qur’an chapter 55 verse 19-20.
In the Arabic text the word barzakh
means a barrier or a partition.
This barrier is not a physical partition.
The Arabic word ‘maraja’
literally means ‘they both meet and mix with each other’.
Early commentators of the Qur’an
were unable to explain the two opposite meanings
for the two bodies of water, i. e. they meet and mix,
and at the same time, there is a barrier between them.
Modern Science has discovered
that in the places where two different seas meet,
there is a barrier between them.
This barrier divides the two seas
so that each sea has its own temperature, salinity, and density.
Oceanologists are now in a better position to explain this verse.
There is a slanted unseen water barrier between the two seas
through which water from one sea passes to the other.
But when the water from one sea enters the other sea,
it loses its distinctive characteristic and becomes homogenized with the other water.
In a way this barrier serves as a transitional homogenizing area for the two waters.
This scientific phenomenon mentioned in the Qur’an was also confirmed by Dr. William Hay
who is a well-known marine scientist and Professor of Geological Sciences
at the University of Colorado, USA.
The Qur’an mentions this phenomenon also in the following verse:
“And made a separating bar between the two bodies of flowing water?”
Al-Qur’an chapter 27 verse 61.
This phenomenon occurs in several places,
including the divider between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean at Gibraltar.
But when the Qur’an speaks about the divider between fresh and salt water,
it mentions the existence of “a forbidding partition” with the barrier.
“It is He who has let free the two bodies of flowing water:
one palatable and sweet, and the other salty and bitter
yet He has made a barrier between them,
and a partition that is forbidden to be passed.”
Al-Qur’an chapter 25 verse 53.
Modern science has discovered that in estuaries,
where fresh-sweet and saltwater meet,
the situation is somewhat different from that found in places where two seas meet.
It has been discovered that what distinguishes fresh water from salt water in estuaries
is a “pycnocline zone
with a marked density discontinuity separating the two layers.”
This partition or zone of separation
has salinity different from both the fresh water and the salt water.
This phenomenon occurs in several places, including Egypt,
where the river Nile flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
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