The World Now Has a Fifth Ocean, According to the National Geographic

So apparently, the world now has a fifth ocean.

National Geographic just dropped the news that another ocean separate from the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic exists and it’s called the Southern Ocean, surrounding Antarctica.

According to reports, this announcement coincided with the launch of National Geographic’s “Planet Possible” initiative which is meant to “inform, inspire, and empower people to live more lightly on the planet.”

“The Southern Ocean has long been recognized by scientists, but because there was never agreement internationally, we never officially recognized it,” said National Geographic Society Geographer Alex Tait in a report that was published on National Geographic’s official website.

The Southern Ocean is also the only one that “touches three other oceans and entirely embraces a continent rather than being enveloped by them.”

National Geographic also said that people can now expect all their maps to include the label of the Southern Ocean from hereon. Here’s where it is:

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