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Most would knows the oceans of the world: the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean. After all, it’s one of the first lessons in a geography class.

Now, National Geographicis map makers have officially recognized a whole new ocean: the southern ocean.

Why now? It appears that the expert group has found that the water in this area is sufficiently different to justify its own ecological classification. CNET.

Southern Ocean is surrounded by a fast-moving stream — known as the Antarctic Circumpolar Current — that separates its water from its northern counterparts. The waters of the southern ocean are also less salty and colder.

“Someone who it has been hard to explain what is so enchanting about it, but they all agree that glaciers are bluer, air colder, mountains scarier and landscapes more fascinating than anywhere else you go, “Seth Sykora-Bodie, Marine Scientist National Oceanic and Atmospheric In the Administration, explained National Geographic.

Take this fact handy for your next celebration, and remember that the earth now has five, not four seas.

[via CNET, cover image via Mykolastock / Shutterstock.com]

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