A new report by National Geographic ascertains the possibility of a new ocean (Southern Ocean) on the Earth’s surface. In addition to Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans.
The preliminary map suggests ice-cold waters all around Antarctica under the Earth’s surface. The Southern Ocean is the potential new name suggested for the latest ocean discovery.
The Southern Ocean is bound against the northern oceans with speedy ocean currents, encircling the Earth in the Antarctica‘s west-east direction. The latitudinal dimension is around 60 degrees in the south.
Speaking on the latest discovery, a National Geographic Explorer said,
“The Southern Ocean encompasses unique and fragile marine ecosystems that are home to wonderful marine life such as whales, penguins, and seals”.
Adding further, a scientist at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) also stressed, “Anyone who has been there will struggle to explain what’s so mesmerizing about it?
But they’ll all agree that the glaciers are bluer, the air colder, the mountains more intimidating, and the landscapes more captivating than anywhere else you can go.”
Initial stage research hints at much colder temperatures of waters in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. These waters are attributed to a pronounced ecological distinction, which is found nowhere else.
The National Geographic magazine also emphasizes the probable presence of millions of unseen species of living organisms under the Southern Ocean, which have not been traced anywhere else before.
The ecological uniqueness of these waters prompted scientists to consider these waters as a separate ocean