The Southern Ocean

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  1. audrew

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    Apparently, National Geographic has decided to recognize it. I know my sons have been taught about it when learning continents and oceans. Have no idea when it started being taught.

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    https://www.yahoo.com/news/southern-ocean-officially-recognized-national-020028310.html

    National Geographic announced Tuesday that it is officially recognizing the Southern Ocean as the Earth's fifth ocean. The announcement was made to coincide with World Oceans Day.

    The Southern Ocean is a vital home for marine ecosystems and a focal point for the southern hemisphere. It directly surrounds Antarctica, extending from the continent's coastline to 60 degrees south latitude, excluding the Drake Passage and Scotia Sea. The ocean's borders touch three of the four other oceans that exist on Earth — the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific.

    But what makes the Southern Ocean different from the others is that rather than being largely defined by the land that surrounds it, this body of water is unique because of a current that lies within.

    The ecological boundary of the Southern Ocean follows a sinuous line around the Antarctic continent called the Antarctic Convergence or polar front pic.twitter.com/eFv7y2DqAQ

    — National Geographic (@NatGeo) June 8, 2021

    The Southern Ocean's latitudinal boundary of 60 degrees south is roughly the same boundary as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), which, according to National Geographic, brings about colder and less salty water than what is found just north of the region. This current, estimated to be approximately 34 million years old, is what makes the ecology of the Southern Ocean so distinct, providing a unique habitat for thousands of species, National Geographic said in its magazine.

    The ocean also serves as a vital component of Earth's changing climate. It is Earth's only global current and uses waters from the Atlanta, Pacific and Indian Oceans to transport heat around the planet.

    But, National Geographic said that water moving through the ACC is warming, and the society hopes the new recognition will help with conservation efforts. The World Wildlife Fund says on its website that the water's temperatures vary between 10 degrees Celsius and -2 degrees Celsius, and that if the Southern Ocean warms just by 2 degrees, it could reduce ice coverage up to 30% in key areas. Penguins, birds and other animals rely on the ice for breeding.

    As described in National Geographic by NOAA marine scientist Seth Sykora-Bodie, the Southern Ocean is unique in that "the glaciers are bluer, the air colder, the mountains more intimidating and the landscapes more captivating than anywhere else you can go."

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also recognized the Southern Ocean's designation earlier this year, and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names has recognized the ocean since 1999.

    However, National Geographic said in its announcement on Tuesday that scientists around the world have been trying to reach an official designation for years. In 2000, participating countries of The International Hydrographic Organization could not agree on proposed boundaries for the ocean. While the boundaries remain up for debate, many members of the IHO have reached a general consensus that the waters surrounding Antarctica are different. Many members of the IHO, according to National Geographic, have referred to the Southern Ocean as the Antarctic Ocean or the Austral Ocean.

    As part of the new designation, National Geographic is updating its maps and atlases, which it began making in 1915, The society said that the ocean will be "treated the same as the traditional four," and that it will be included in what children learn about the world's water.

    Our maps are updated. The Southern Ocean is treated the same as the traditional four, and the next quiz question about the number of oceans has an updated official answer from National Geographic—five!

    — National Geographic (@NatGeo) June 8, 2021

    The formal recognition of the Southern Ocean came on World Oceans Day, a time designated by the United Nations to raise awareness about the crucial role of the ocean for life on Earth. The world's oceans, which cover more than 70% of the planet, produce at least half of the Earth's oxygen, are home to the majority of the Earth's biodiversity and, according to the U.N., are a key source of food and a key driver of world economies.
     
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  2. CloudBerry

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    Pluto is a planet and there are only 4 Oceans and you multiply by memorizing times tables
     
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  3. bro

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    can someone provide me a map laying out all 5 oceans, specifically Southern and Arctic? Thanks
     
  4. joey jo-jo jr shabadoo

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    to me there already was a 5th ocean before this announcement

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  5. audrew

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    Apparently they can label a map correctly, just not spell correctly
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  7. OZ2

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    Heard about it for a while.

    I have conflicting opinions on this but the biggest one is the name ‘southern ocean’ is fucking lame.
     
  8. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    Feel like we've had a discussion on this before.
     
  9. poor paul

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    Think we had this thread already.
     
  10. Daniel Ocean

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    it’s an extremely racist ocean that likes to hump it’s sister oceans
     
  11. audrew

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    Not one where Nat Geo officially recognized it
     
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  12. Houndster

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    It’s all water, man
     
  13. TC

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  15. BuckeyeRiot

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    You can tell it on the map by the subtle houndstooth.
     
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  16. Redav

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    Dang the southern ocean already has a problematic flag that throws back to the Confederacy
     
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  17. Mix

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    Looks like 1 big ocean to me.
     
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  18. skiedfrillet

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    where does the southern ocean fit in my flat earth belief system
     
  19. TC

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    Near the edge
     
  20. Constant

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    The other distinguishing feature of that ocean is that the water flows faster.
     
  21. Upton^2

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    What are your other conflicting opinions?
     
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  22. Redav

    Redav One big ocean
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    My most rock brain take is I never understood why it wasn't just all one big ocean because they connect
     
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  24. beist

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  25. Wicket

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    i was always taught there were 3 oceans, but i guess icy life matters nowadays
     
  26. beist

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    honestly between this one ocean movement and the peanut butter M&Ms thread i've never felt so accepted in my life.
     
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  27. a.tramp

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    They obviously can’t math right either. There is Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, Southern, Indian, and Pacific. That is 6.
     
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    anxiously awaiting the correct announcement of our new Perimeter Ocean
     
  29. ashy larry

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    very pacific article. thanks op
     
  30. racer

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    Everyone knows we’re bordered by mountains that keep the ocean in.
     
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  31. Butthead

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    They just renamed some of the water near the ice wall at the edge of the disc
     
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  32. Redav

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    Scientists: We renamed this water

    Me: Oh ok
     
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  33. Constant

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  34. Goose

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    I am an astronaut in the ocean

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  35. OZ2

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    its a weird shape to me. The Artic Ocean, for example, is one big ocean with a top layer of ice. The southern Ocean is bits and pieces of 3 of the 4 other oceans and has a big land mass right in the middle of it.

    Having said that, I get geography setting and if it’s not a globe, but a flat map it looks like it makes sense. On a globe it looks funny as hell.

    I have too many opinions on an ocean though. Lol
     
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  36. Daniel Ocean

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    what do you expect from an ocean that is a product of inbreeding?
     
  37. The Banks

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    Born in 89, was taught about it growing up. Remember being confused why it wasn’t on the maps I liked to look at in classes.
     
  38. Joe Withabee

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    We were too busy learning about the Alamo for this bullshit. Get some history, Alaska.
    :bzzzz:
     
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  39. THF

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    Those of us living that #SouthernOcean #Saltlife know how to do it.

    Bunch of haters up in here.
     
  40. Phil Connors

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    OT but this thread make me think of this

     
  41. racer

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