National Geographic recognized a fifth ocean: the Austral

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National Geographic, one of the world’s most recognized international organizations on education and science affirmed that in the world there is a fifth ocean and it’s called “Austral”. This body of water is surrounding the Antarctica.

Scientists and experts had already recognized this pool of water, but there was a debate for decades in which some members of the organization explained that this water did not have the characteristics as if to be named an ocean.

“The Southern Ocean was recognized by scientists for a long time, but since there was never a international agreement, so it was not officially decreed, “he said. Alex tait, geographer of the National Geographic Society.

Formerly known as the Strait of Gerlache, this confluence of the southernmost reaches of the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans has always been an interesting place for oceanographers.

Seth Sykora-Bodie, marine scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, for its acronym in English) and explorador de National Geographic noted: “Anyone who visits that site will have difficulties to explain what’s so fascinating, but everyone will agree that glaciers are more blue, the air is colder, the mountains are more intimidating and the landscapes are more captivating than anywhere else you can go. “

According to experts, while the other oceans are defined by the continents that surround them, the Southern Ocean is defined by a stream.

This current is known as Circumpolar Antarctica (ACC), which was established approximately 34 million years ago when Antarctica broke away from South America.

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Although many countries and organizations around the world recognized the Southern Ocean, not all agree about where exactly you are.

National Geographic officially uses the 60 degree south latitude, to trace the edge of the water. Australia, instead, consider that everything that is found south of your country it is considered as part of the Southern Ocean.

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