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Southern Ocean, also known as the Great Southern Ocean, the Antarctic Ocean and the South Polar Ocean and is regarded as the fourth-largest of the five principal oceans. It is the body of water encircling the continent of Antarctica.

Southern Ocean

Ten Facts about Southern Ocean

  1. Southern Ocean is a source of cold, dense water that is an essential driving force in the circulation of the world's oceans.
  2. Southern Ocean is notorious for having some of the strongest winds and largest waves on the planet.
  3. Southern Ocean island still remains largely untouched by man.
  4. The Southern Ocean, geologically the youngest of the oceans, formed when Antarctica and South America moved apart, opening the Drake Passage, roughly 30 million years ago.
  5. Southern Ocean is one of the few areas of the world's oceans where surface waters are dense enough to sink into the deep sea.
  6. Icebergs can occur at any time of year throughout the Southern ocean.
  7. Some area of ocean has the strongest average winds found anywhere on Earth.
  8. Southern Ocean does not abut a landmass, but merges into the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  9. Southern ocean zone is where cold, northward flowing waters from the Antarctic mix with warmer sub-Antarctic waters.
  10. Southern Ocean's greatest depth of 7,236 meters occurs at the southern end of the South Sandwich Trench.

Southern Ocean Map

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