The American Geographic Society (NGS) has decided to recognize the body of water surrounding Antarctica as a separate, fifth ocean.
She did so on the occasion of this week’s World Oceans Day, The Independent reported.
The Southern Ocean is the fifth ocean recognized by NGS – the world’s largest non-profit educational institution – since 1915, when it began publishing maps. Until now, the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic Oceans have figured on National Geographic Society maps.Read also The researchers announced that they had completed the complete sequencing of the human genome
According to NGS cartographers, the waters around Antarctica are different from the adjacent three oceans due to a specific, rapidly circulating sea current.
Scientists have long considered the Southern Ocean as a separate entity, but the relevant official international agreement has not yet been concluded.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has stated that the Southern Ocean, which surrounds the entire Antarctic continent, is the youngest of the world’s oceans; originated when Antarctica and South America separated about 30 million years ago.
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