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The world's five main major oceanic divisions. Show/edit corresponding data item.
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Splitting Earth's oceanic waters into oceans is subjective, mapping one selected division or all of them is not useful in OpenStreetMap

For identifying and locating the world's five main major oceanic divisions, see  Ocean:

  • Arctic Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Southern Ocean

Note that seas (parts of oceans) are mapped separately, see place=sea.

How to Map

Add place=ocean and name:code=* (where code is ISO 639 code of the language) to the appropriate node. Because oceans belong to all nations, they don't have one main name, so leave the tag name=* empty.


name:en=Atlantic Ocean
name:fr=Océan Atlantique
name:pt=Ilhas do Oceano Atlântico
name:es=Océano Atlántico


  1. Borders of the oceans on Wikipedia

See also