National Geographic recognizes the Southern Ocean as 5th ocean on Earth

The National Geographic Society now recognizes the Southern Ocean as the fifth ocean on Earth. Since June 8, 2021, the body of water bordering Antarctica is now labeled the Southern Ocean on all maps of the scientific organization.

Southern Ocean
Southern Ocean. Image Nat Geo

The National Geographic Society has just officially recognized that there is a fifth ocean on planet Earth. Since yesterday Tuesday June 8, World Oceans Day, National Geographic cartographers now define and recognize the body of water bordering Antarctica as the fifth ocean on Earth, the Southern Ocean. ” The Southern Ocean has not been recognized for a long time by scientists because there has never been an agreement at the international level Said National Geographic Society geographer Alex Tait.

For Nat Geo, the Southern Ocean is officially the fifth ocean on planet Earth

The National Geographic Society is a non-profit scientific and educational organization founded in January 1888. As it states on its website, it β€œ uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonders of our world “. From now on, the organization will recognize the Southern Ocean as the fifth ocean on our planet.

The Southern Ocean is the last ocean defined by the International Hydrographic Organization. On the other hand, it no longer appears in the third edition currently in force of the official list of oceans and seas. Because of divergences on its delimitation, the ocean still does not appear on the latest revisions either.

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The National Geographic Society’s mapping committee explains that it had considered recognizing the Southern Ocean for years. For a long time, the organization wondered if this body of water had enough unique features to be separated from the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic and Indian Oceans.

In this case, certain determining factors led to this decision and in particular distinct and unique marine ecosystems which represent the Southern Ocean. “ We’ve always labeled it, but we’ve labeled it slightly differently from other oceans Tait said. “ This change takes the last step and says we want to recognize it because of its ecological separation Β».

The National Geographic Society, which has published maps annually since 1915, hopes that this change implore people to conserve the Southern Ocean.


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