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Map of the World's Oceans

World Ocean Map
Map of Earth's Five Oceans: Although there is only one global ocean, geographers have divided it into five major regions (which are also called "oceans"). They are: the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean. These names facilitate communication. People who wish to be more specific can use names such as "the North Atlantic Ocean".

The map above is a bathymetric map, showing ocean depths in a gradient of violet colors. The shallowest areas, such as continental slopes, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and platform seas (such as the North Sea, located between Great Britain and Norway) are shown in a light violet color. The deepest areas are shown in a reddish violet color (such as the Japan Trench and the Mariana Trench). The base map is a global relief map plotted on a latitude / longitude grid by NOAA.
Map of Earth's Five Oceans: Although there is only one global ocean, geographers have divided it into five major regions (which are also called "oceans"). They are: the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean. These names facilitate communication. People who wish to be more specific can use names such as "the North Atlantic Ocean".

The map above is a bathymetric map, showing ocean depths in a gradient of violet colors. The shallowest areas, such as continental slopes, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and platform seas (such as the North Sea, located between Great Britain and Norway) are shown in a light violet color. The deepest areas are shown in a reddish violet color (such as the Japan Trench and the Mariana Trench). The base map is a global relief map plotted on a latitude / longitude grid by NOAA.

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World Ocean Map
NOAA created the world map above to show the boundaries of the five major oceans. They set the boundary between the North Atlantic and South Atlantic at the equator, the boundary between the North Pacific and South Pacific at the equator; and the northern boundary of the Southern Ocean at 60 degrees south latitude.

They used longitude lines extending north 60 degrees south longitude to the southernmost points of South America, Africa, and Australia as the dividing lines between: the South Pacific and South Atlantic; the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean; and the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific.

The southern limit of the Arctic Ocean was set at three lines: 1) across the opening of the Bering Strait; 2) the 60-degree north latitude line across the Davis Strait between northern Labrador and southern Greenland; 3) a line across the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland; and a line across the Norwegian Sea between Iceland and Norway. The base map is a latitude / longitude grid by NOAA.
NOAA created the world map above to show the boundaries of the five major oceans. They set the boundary between the North Atlantic and South Atlantic at the equator, the boundary between the North Pacific and South Pacific at the equator; and the northern boundary of the Southern Ocean at 60 degrees south latitude.

They used longitude lines extending north 60 degrees south longitude to the southernmost points of South America, Africa, and Australia as the dividing lines between: the South Pacific and South Atlantic; the South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean; and the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific.

The southern limit of the Arctic Ocean was set at three lines: 1) across the opening of the Bering Strait; 2) the 60-degree north latitude line across the Davis Strait between northern Labrador and southern Greenland; 3) a line across the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland; and a line across the Norwegian Sea between Iceland and Norway. The base map is a latitude / longitude grid by NOAA.


Explore the Oceans Using Google Earth

Explore the Oceans Using Google Earth:

Google Earth is a free program from Google that allows you to explore satellite images showing the world's oceans and continents in fantastic detail. It works on your desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. The images in many areas are detailed enough that you can see houses, vehicles and even people on a city street. Google Earth is free and easy-to-use.
Earth's Oceans on a World Wall Map

Earth's Oceans on a World Wall Map:

The Earth's Oceans and nearly 200 countries are illustrated on our Blue Ocean Laminated Map of the World. This map shows a combination of political and physical features. It includes country boundaries, major cities, major mountains in shaded relief, ocean depth in blue color gradient, along with many other features. This is a great map for students, schools, offices, and anywhere that a nice map of the world is needed for education, display, or decor.