The ocean is really one global ocean, but the major divisions are defined in part by continents, archipelagos and other criteria. The division are:Pacific ocean – separates Asia and Australia from the AmericasAtlantic Ocean – separates Americas from Eurasia and AfricaIndian Ocean – Separates Africa and Australia, washes upon southern AsiaSouthern Ocean – encircles AntarctiicaArtic Ocean – covers much of the Artic and washes upon northern North America and Eurasia
The dividing of the oceans is not a totally exact science, though any significance of such accuracy has not been in high demand. Atlases, encyclopedias, and almanacs differ on the specs of each ocean, and in history the division of the ocean has followed new discoveries and trends in thought. Broad outlines did not emerge until the 1800s, and current delineations of Indian, Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic did not appear until the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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