Stephen: National Geographic recognizes 5th ocean

Published on June 9th, 2021 @ 5:34 PM


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National Geographic announced on World Ocean Day yesterday (June 8th) that it will recognize a fifth ocean on its maps and globes. The world’s oceans are traditionally the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic, and now the Southern Ocean is being recognized. It’s made up of the waters surrounding Antarctica that were previously known as the lowermost parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Scientists say the Southern Ocean is oceanographically and ecologically unique, separate from the other four. National Geographic’s leaders hope the designation will raise awareness of the need to conserve the region’s ecosystem, which faces threats from warming temperatures.

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