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Losing the plural

There’s been a slight change of name from ‘Our Common Oceans’ to ‘Our Common Ocean’. So why the change? Well, I went to the EMSEA 15 conference early in October and one of the first people I spoke to was Peter Tuddenham of the College of Exploration, who quickly spotted the ‘mistake’ on my name badge and argued that it should be ‘ocean’ rather than ‘oceans’. It makes sense. After all, looking at the thermohaline circulation shows the connections clearly.

Map of the thermohaline circulation of the oceans
Thermohaline Circulation

Plus, it’s the first of the ocean literacy principles: The Earth has one ocean, with many features. So goodbye oceans, hello ocean.

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