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Southern Ocean

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Earth's oceans
(World Ocean)

Ice (white) in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica (light purple at bottom) grows and shrinks during the year

The Southern Ocean is the ocean around Antarctica. It means the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans around the continent of Antarctica. Since the 1770s geographers have discussed its limits. Nowadays, sixty degrees south latitude is often accepted. Some people call this ocean the Antarctic Ocean.

The total area is 20,327,000 km², and the coastline length is 17,968 km.

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