How many oceans are there on this planet?
For the sake of realism, assuming that you live on Earth, or as others refer to as Eden, there is technically only ONE OCEAN on this planet: The Ocean. As suprising and baffling as this fact may be to some, it is indeed the truth. The other names were given to the five major imaginative divisions of the Ocean: Arctic, Antarctic, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific.
Ocean partitions are somewhat arbitrary. I never was taught that the "Antarctic Ocean" was a separate ocean unto itself, but I know others who were. All the different oceans are connected so the divisions are entirely a human construct. The names are there to make it easier to talk about specific regions within the single ocean. Saying "Atlantic shore" or "Pacific shore" gives you more information than merely saying "Ocean shore."
It is true that the seas, lakes, and rivers of the world are all connected. But one purpose of geography is to name and categorize all of the various regions for quick and easy reference. Africa, Asia, and Europe are all technically part of the same land mass--but then, so is the whole world. It makes sense to name a Bering Sea or a Gulf of Mexico so that we can better explain location. We have numerous points in the sea mass that we might call a sea, straight, gulf, or bay. We only have four open-sea regions called oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic.
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