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How many oceans are in the world?

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While there is only one global ocean, the vast body of water that covers 71 percent of the Earth, historically, there are 4 named ocean basins: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic. However, most countries - including the US - now recognize the Southern (Antarctic) as the fifth ocean basin.

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While there is only one global ocean, it is divided into 5 distinct regions which are the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean.

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