Video:The Southern Oceanwith Matt Rosenberg
Did you know that in 2000 the IHO created a new ocean called the Southern Ocean? Here, learn about where and what the Southern Ocean is.See Transcript
Transcript:The Southern OceanIn 2000, the International Hydrographic Organization (or IHO) created the fifth and newest world ocean - the Southern Ocean.
Information About the Southern OceanThe Southern Ocean consists of the ocean surrounding Antarctica across all degrees of longitude and up to a northern boundary at 60° South latitude. At approximately 20.3 million square kilometers (or 7.8 million square miles) and about twice the size of the U.S.A., the new ocean is the world's fourth largest (following the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian but larger than the Arctic Ocean.)
Facts About the Southern OceanThe Southern Ocean's lowest point is 7,235 meters (23,737 feet) below sea level in the South Sandwich Trench.The sea temperature of the Southern Ocean varies from -2°C to 10°C (or 28°F to 50°F). Its home to the world's largest ocean current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current that moves east and transports 100 times the flow of all the world's rivers.
Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit About.com
About videos are made available on an "as is" basis, subject to the User Agreement.