In the last century National Geographic has been responsible for mapping the Earth's oceans: the Indian, the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Arctic.
However, now for the first time the magazine isolated a new ocean section, “baptizing” the Southern Ocean.
Why now; Probably because the team of experts of the magazine found that the waters in this area are separate enough to ensure individual categorization.
The Southern Ocean is surrounded by a rapidly moving current – known as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current – that differentiates it from the northern oceans. In addition, the waters of the Southern Ocean are colder and less salty.
“Anyone who's been there struggles to explain what the magic is, but everyone agrees that glaciers are bluer, the air colder, the mountains more imposing and the scenery more captivating than anywhere else,” said Seth Sykora-Bodie, a marine biologist. to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Four oceans or five? It's # WorldOceansDay🌊 and National Geographic is making a change to recognize the Southern Ocean as a fifth official ocean in our atlases and maps! https://t.co/HSHRUAyWuE
– National Geographic (@NatGeo) June 8, 2021
According to NOAA, “historically there are four named oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian and the Arctic. However, most countries – including the United States – now recognize the South (Antarctica) as the fifth ocean.
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