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How Many Oceans Are There?

A really blue ocean

It’s been a week of science and geography questions at the library. Today: How many oceans are there?

After checking a couple of encyclopedias the consensus is that there are four oceans. Of course, you could also make the case for there only being one massive ocean, since all of those oceans touch each other, but nobody’s having that.

So, there are four oceans in the world:

Atlantic Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Arctic Ocean

Indian Ocean

There are also those who include a fifth ocean, as of 2000. The Southern, or Antarctic Ocean.

I’m scared of any ocean (see the irrational fears post), but that’s a story for another day.

photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34053291@N05/

If you’re an aspiring geographer, you might find How many continents are there?

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