National Geographic Names Southern Ocean the World’s Fifth Ocean

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Starting 8 June, National Geographic will recognize the Southern Ocean as the world’s fifth ocean on maps and other materials.

“In 1999, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognised the Southern Ocean as the fifth body of water. But in 2000, all members of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) did not agree. The IHO ensures all seas, oceans and navigable waters are properly surveyed and charted.

Once convinced this ocean deserved its own name, Nat Geo has now decided that most of the waters surrounding Antarctica till 60 degrees south latitude (excluding the Drake Passage and the Scotia Sea) will make up the Southern Ocean.”

By drawing attention to the Southern Ocean, the National Geographic Society hopes to promote its conservation.

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