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Many of [us / them] thought the world had four oceans - the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. That's what we were [teaching / taught] in school. However, a search on the Internet will show that there is [additional / also] a "Southern Ocean" around [the / a] South Pole and Antarctica. The National Geographic Society has now officially accepted that this [head / body] of water around Antarctica is a [really / real] ocean. Geography teachers will now have to teach their students that the world [gets / has] five oceans. Alex Tait, a geographer and cartographer at National Geographic, said: "We think it's really [important / importance] from an educational viewpoint, as well as from a map-labelling standpoint, to [bring / take] attention to the Southern Ocean [has / as] a fifth ocean."

National Geographic said its [recognise / recognition] of the world having a fifth ocean would have an impact [in / on] how children see the world. Mr Tait said: "Students learn information about the...world [thought / through] what oceans they're studying. If you don't [include / conclude] the Southern Ocean, then they don't learn...how important it [be / is] ." He said that recognising the Southern Ocean would [help / assist] students understand more about climate change. He [writing / wrote] : "Antarctica forms a distinct ecological region [definition / defined] by ocean currents and temperatures." National Geographic said: "The Southern Ocean [has] unique and [fragility / fragile] marine ecosystems that are home to wonderful marine life such as whales, penguins and [souls / seals] ."

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