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The Popo
06/10/21 11:44:33 PM
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The Southern Ocean is now being recognized, along with the traditional four of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans.

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/national-geographic-adds-5th-ocean-world-map-n1270318

National Geographic announced Tuesday that it is officially recognizing the body of water surrounding the Antarctic as the Earth's fifth ocean: the Southern Ocean.

The change marks the first time in over a century that the organization has redrawn the world's oceanic maps, which have historically only included four: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic Oceans.

The Southern Ocean has long been recognized by scientists, but because there was never agreement internationally, we never officially recognized it, National Geographic Society geographer Alex Tait told the magazine.

Its sort of geographic nerdiness in some ways, Tait said. Weve always labeled it, but we labeled it slightly differently [than other oceans]. This change was taking the last step and saying we want to recognize it because of its ecological separation.

The Southern Ocean stretches from Antarctica's coastline to 60 degrees south latitude, excluding the Drake Passage and the Scotia Sea, according to the National Geographic. The newest body of water makes it the second-smallest, after the Arctic.

https://mobile.twitter.com/NatGeo/status/1402276146671128591



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SevenTenths
06/10/21 11:46:55 PM
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When did nat geo become the authority on oceans

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BenBeckman
06/10/21 11:47:07 PM
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-Pluto isn't a planet.

-There's a Southern Ocean(tm) now.

-I STILL don't have my FUCKING hoverboard!
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AdrianBeterson
06/10/21 11:47:21 PM
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What do the citizens of the oceans say about this?

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UnholyMudcrab
06/10/21 11:48:14 PM
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...it wasn't already recognized?

Oh, I guess this is just NatGeo catching up

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awesome999
06/10/21 11:48:38 PM
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There have always been 5 oceans lmao
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The Popo
06/10/21 11:50:57 PM
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UnholyMudcrab posted...
...it wasn't already recognized?

awesome999 posted...
There have always been 5 oceans lmao

Its news to me. I only new of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic. Although as a kid, I always thought it was weird that the north has the Arctic Ocean but the south didnt have anything.

Although Id have thought it would be named the Antarctic Ocean. Southern Ocean sounds bland.

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Slayer_22
06/10/21 11:52:14 PM
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The South will rise again if we give them an entire ocean!
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StinkyPrincess
06/11/21 12:00:01 AM
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Neat!

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Solar_Crimson
06/11/21 12:01:04 AM
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Good. I always thought it was weird that there was an Arctic Ocean but not an Antarctic Ocean.

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archedsoul
06/11/21 12:06:18 AM
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I feel like they're super late because everybody has been referring to the Southern Ocean for like 20 years now.

There's also the underwater 8th continent.

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KStateKing17
06/11/21 12:06:18 AM
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BenBeckman posted...
-Pluto isn't a planet.
It's been over 15 years. Y'all need to move on.


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BenBeckman
06/11/21 12:07:45 AM
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KStateKing17 posted...

It's been over 15 years. Y'all need to move on.


I don't gaf. I'm mad because these nerds are wasting time with this garbage instead of inventing my goddamn hoverboard!
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Damn_Underscore
06/11/21 12:08:37 AM
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Dumb name

It should at least be the Antarctic Ocean

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teep_
06/11/21 12:15:04 AM
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The only new ocean for me is Stone Ocean
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Turbam
06/11/21 12:19:38 AM
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Wtf I thought there were 7 oceans?!?!

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BenBeckman
06/11/21 12:20:34 AM
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Turbam posted...
Wtf I thought there were 7 oceans?!?!

7 seas. 4 (now 5) oceans.
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JustMyOpinion
06/11/21 12:21:10 AM
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According to Jerry Smith Pluto is indeed a planet.

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TakashiMifune85
06/11/21 12:21:13 AM
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Is National Geographic that magazine that keeps putting out issues about the Bible and shit that I often see at the checkout stand at my local grocery store? Im not sure if they should be considered an authority on this matter.

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Heavy_D_Forever
06/11/21 12:26:53 AM
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TakashiMifune85 posted...
Is National Geographic that magazine that keeps putting out issues about the Bible and shit that I often see at the checkout stand at my local grocery store? Im not sure if they should be considered an authority on this matter.
Have you seriously never heard of National Geographic? When I was in school all the classrooms had them. The first boobies I ever saw were big flappy aboriginal boobies in one of those magazines. I think the teacher caught us looking at it and threw the magazine away lmao

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TheAnthraxBunny
06/11/21 12:32:47 AM
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I'm fairly certain the southern ocean has been at least somewhat recognized for a long time, it's just that now Nat Geo is recognizing it as well. Tbh, I wouldn't be surprised if they recognized it previously but they randomly decided to start making a big deal about it.

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awesome999
06/11/21 1:56:30 AM
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Turbam posted...
Wtf I thought there were 7 oceans?!?!

It's 7 continents my man
Asia, Europe, Africa, N America, S America, Australia, Antartica
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Bio1590
06/11/21 2:02:01 AM
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Damn_Underscore posted...
Dumb name

It should at least be the Antarctic Ocean

It's because when the ice caps melt there won't be an Antarctica >_>
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The Popo
06/11/21 8:32:43 AM
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Bio1590 posted...
It's because when the ice caps melt there won't be an Antarctica >_>

Part of me thinks National Geographic is recognizing the Southern Ocean now so they can use it as (one of several) measuring sticks when discussing climate change, as the Southern Ocean stands to expand a good deal as Antarctica shrinks.

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Alucard188
06/11/21 8:37:57 AM
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And a fifth Star Ocean. Really makes you think.

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K181
06/11/21 8:39:37 AM
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Get on my level, four oceans and four continents is the way to go.

Arctic
Atlantic
Indian
Pacific

Afro-Eurasia
Americas
Antarctica
Australia

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DJquackquack
06/11/21 8:40:34 AM
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I still think theres a huge underground ocean full of sea monsters beneath the Earths crust.

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Notti
06/11/21 8:41:52 AM
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BenBeckman posted...
-Pluto isn't a planet.

-There's a Southern Ocean(tm) now.

-I STILL don't have my FUCKING hoverboard!


Pluto is garbage.

GARBAGE!
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Cocytus
06/11/21 8:42:26 AM
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Interesting
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Jagr_68
06/11/21 8:45:08 AM
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AdrianBeterson posted...
What do the citizens of the oceans say about this?

The Council of The Four Oceans must come to an agreement on the 37th day after the next solar eclipse before allowing a 5th Ocean into the circle.

The Indian Ocean rep is a real dick tho.

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DomingoGerman
06/11/21 8:46:50 AM
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When are we going to make the Arctic a continent?
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The Popo
06/11/21 8:49:07 AM
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DomingoGerman posted...
When are we going to make the Arctic a continent?

There is no giant land mass up there



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Touch
06/11/21 8:58:23 AM
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What about Frank Ocean

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DomingoGerman
06/11/21 9:01:29 AM
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The Popo posted...


There is no giant land mass up there




Wtf where does Santa live
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Tyranthraxus
06/11/21 9:01:59 AM
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The Popo posted...
There is no giant land mass up there


Antarctica isn't a giant land mass it's all ice.

If you melt all the ice underneath it's just a sparse archipelago with the largest island somewhere around the same size as Japan.

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Silver Bearings
06/11/21 9:02:07 AM
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There's only one ocean. How it is divided up an labelled is arbitrary. Who is running out to buy a new map, atlas, and globe?

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_____Cait
06/11/21 9:07:57 AM
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Everyone start panic-buying globes

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burns112233
06/11/21 9:21:02 AM
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It's all one ocean anyway.
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averagejoel
06/11/21 9:25:40 AM
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DomingoGerman posted...
Wtf where does Santa live
he has an address and postal code in canada

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The Popo
06/11/21 9:45:43 AM
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Tyranthraxus posted...
Antarctica isn't a giant land mass it's all ice.

If you melt all the ice underneath it's just a sparse archipelago with the largest island somewhere around the same size as Japan.

Its a solid, though. We can stand on it. Thats all I meant.

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WingsOfGood
06/11/21 9:49:59 AM
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There is also 8 continents fyi.

I am not pulling you.
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Tyranthraxus
06/11/21 9:52:49 AM
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WingsOfGood posted...
There is also 8 continents fyi.

I am not pulling you.

The number of continents is highly disputed among everyone who actually works in the field.

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lv20swds
06/11/21 10:02:36 AM
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So the All Blue is real?
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TheAnthraxBunny
06/11/21 3:02:50 PM
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Tyranthraxus posted...
Antarctica isn't a giant land mass it's all ice.

If you melt all the ice underneath it's just a sparse archipelago with the largest island somewhere around the same size as Japan.
I know theres various approximations as to what Antarctica would look like if you removed the ice, but I dont think any of the ones Ive seen show it as an archipelago.

Edit: Okay, maybe if you melt all the ice an account for the heightened sea level?

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Zombified_Toast
06/11/21 3:10:39 PM
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Its just a circle? Laaaaazy.

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Jiek_Fafn
06/11/21 3:12:01 PM
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Is The Grand Line in the southern ocean?

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DeadBankerDream
06/11/21 3:17:24 PM
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The most notable feature of the Souther Ocean is all the Japanese whale murdering.

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Questionmarktarius
06/11/21 3:29:53 PM
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DomingoGerman posted...
Wtf where does Santa live
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alert,_Nunavut

Zombified_Toast posted...
Its just a circle? Laaaaazy.
Something weird goes on where the cold antarctic water meets the not-quite-so-cold water of the other oceans.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctic_Convergence
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WingsOfGood
06/11/21 3:29:55 PM
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Tyranthraxus posted...
The number of continents is highly disputed among everyone who actually works in the field.

that is meaningless

Pluto was once a planet
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Questionmarktarius
06/11/21 3:33:41 PM
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WingsOfGood posted...
Pluto was once a planet
Pluto isn't even a planet. The Pluto/Charon system is a binary planet.
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