The “Southern Ocean” impresses with its geographic peculiarities. The National Geographic Society has now recognized it as an ocean in its own right.
Washington, DC – The US National Geographic (NGS) has been pursuing the goal of bringing geography closer to society since it was founded in 1888. She regularly publishes geographic maps. After decades of debate, there is now a change on these cards. Not just four, but five oceans will be listed there.
The “Southern Ocean”, also known as the “Southern Ocean”, has been added. Strictly speaking, it already existed before. However, some scientists did not regard it as a separate body of water. For them, the “Southern Ocean” was simply a cold, southern extension of the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. After decades of debate, the NGS has now also decided in favor of official recognition: From June 8th, it will be an ocean of its own on their maps.
“Southern Ocean” becomes an ocean in its own right on National Geographic maps
The NGS map committee had been considering this change for years, explains geographer Alex Tait. The press and science had increasingly used the names “Southern Ocean” and “Southern Ocean” as an independent term. Other organizations had already recognized him. It was a “geographic nerd debate”.
The special geographic conditions of the Southern Ocean are also said to have been decisive. Marine scientist Seth Sykora-Bodie told National Geographic: “Anyone who has been there before will find it difficult to explain exactly what is so fascinating about it. But everyone agrees that the glaciers are bluer, the air colder, the mountains more impressive and the landscapes more captivating than anywhere else. ”
National Geographic Society recognizes the Southern Ocean: four oceans become five
So far there have been four official oceans on the maps of the NGS: the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic), the Indian Ocean (Indic), the Pacific Ocean (Pacific) and the Arctic Mediterranean. Now the southern ocean is added. It is the only ocean that is not enclosed by land masses and is defined by a current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC). Scientists are currently investigating how human-made climate change is changing the Southern Ocean. Thousands of species only live here.
The perception of this special living space can change through the recognition of the NGS. “I think one of the biggest impacts is in education,” explains Alex Tait, “Students learn about these specific ocean areas through the named oceans. If you don’t include the Southern Ocean, you don’t learn its specifics and you don’t experience how important it is. “(Vs)
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