Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Water wars: four oceans or five?

Mapping the ocean isn't easy at Thiells Elementary School, especially in the fourth-grade.
...cartographers and others, including the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Geological Survey, have debated whether the Southern Ocean should, in fact, become part of the lexicon.

Some European countries don't recognize it, and the most recent query to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names doesn't specify whether the new ocean has been accepted. The board's approval is necessary before the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration places the name on its charts. So far, the name isn't there.

A great story about maps and trust from LoHud.com, in the Lower Hudson valley, naturally.

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