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The world's five main major oceanic divisions. Edit or translate this description.
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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=* to the appropriate node.


Simple example:

name=Indian Ocean

Or you can expand with more information to help searching by adding the name in other languages:

name=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