Talk:Arctic Ocean

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Norwegian Sea[edit]

Why is there no mention of the fact that the Arctic Ocean borders on the Norwegian Sea over a considerable stretch? __meco 22:09, 31 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The article gives a definition of the extent of the Ocean but it specifically excludes "the seas within the Ocean". The article still lacks a proper definition of what constitutes the Arctic Ocean. Does it extend south to the northern limit of the Atlantic Ocean? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:14, 24 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is the IHO definition which is, I agree, a bit vague. They don't define which seas are part of the ocean, but logically it must be the Barents, Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, Chuckchi, and Beaufort Seas. I don't know if there is any official definition that includes these. Also the Greenland and Norwegian Seas could arguably be part of either the Atlantic or Arctic Oceans - IHO doesn't define this either. Bazonka (talk) 18:23, 24 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I checked various encyclopedic and atlas web sites, and they differ as to whether the Norwegian Sea is part of the Arctic or the Atlantic Ocean. I adjusted this article and Norwegian Sea to note the dual classification. -- Beland (talk) 07:06, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Disagreement with the IHO[edit]

Is the IHO the only official source for classification of the world's oceans? Waht about Natural Sciences Canada? isn't there an oceanographic body also? It doesn't make any sense to me that what are clearly extensions of the North Atlantic, and farther south than some of hte North Atlantic (e.g. the Norwegian Sea), could be classed as the Arctic Ocean; this seems a common fallacy and it bewilders me that the facts on teh ground could be so different from what the IHO has decreed. Hudson Bay may be part of the Arctic Ocean in their classification, but it strikes me as copmletely incorrect; ditto the Labrador Sea.....Skookum1 (talk) 06:25, 6 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Well, of course there are some other sources, but the IHO might be respected as well. Regards. Gvogas (talk) 16:29, 4 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This article currently does not claim that the Labrador Sea is part of the Arctic Ocean, and neither does that article. I added references to a variety of authorities noting the differences of which ocean Hudson Bay is grouped with. -- Beland (talk) 07:06, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


As well, I can't find anywhere the volume of sea water in the arctic, surely worth a mention. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:17, 6 September 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

incorrect locations ??[edit]

Are the locations for the Nansen Basin and Fram Basin correct. The description in this article is opposite of the locations shown on this map... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:57, 16 April 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ah, Fram Basin is the former name of Nansen Basin. The description of Nansen Basin is vague, but as far as I can tell matches Nansen Basin and the map. "Fram Basin" was corrected to Amundsen Basin in the article. -- Beland (talk) 07:27, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New map[edit]

A new map is available via . TGCP (talk) 21:31, 16 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Very little on animal life[edit]

There is very little on animal life. Which crustaceans are found here, which mussels and snails? Cephalopods? What fish are typical, and can they live under the ice? Whales, seals? Is there any fishing? Please add if you know. -- (talk) 13:41, 6 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I'd be interested in reading about how the Arctic Ocean originally formed, its extent during various geological eras, etc. Could a section be added on that? Otherwise a good article except for some of the climate change information which is a bit dated now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:45, 8 July 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is now covered in the Geology section. -- Beland (talk) 07:29, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spelling variant[edit]

This is improperly labelled as using Canadian Spelling. It uses American Spelling. The very first edit had the word "meter" not the Canadian variant "metre" — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:630:12:1090:8c21:3e17:ed16:6792 (talkcontribs) 08:28, 20 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That 2018 edit changed the talk page to American, but the article itself was still tagged Canadian. Given that the topic is more closely associated with Canada, I think it's fair to leave it as Canadian English (and that's what the article seems to use in practice at the moment). I flipped the talk page tag back. If this is wrong, corrections are welcome, but if doing so, please flip both tags and correct the spelling in the article. -- Beland (talk) 07:35, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article issues[edit]

Hide excessive "External links" per WP:ELPOINTS (#3), WP:ELMIN and WP:LINKFARM. A discussion may decide important or more desired links to be exchanged, keeping in mind that this is not a parking space for links.
As a listed B-class article the criteria (#1) states: The article is suitably referenced, with inline citations. It has reliable sources, and any important or controversial material which is likely to be challenged is cited. Twelve instances of, that leads to a general information page, give the appearance of refbombing to bolster a class improvement. To prevent a possible delisting this needs to be looked at.

-- Otr500 (talk) 15:28, 27 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The external links and over-reliance on have been fixed, but the article has also be relisted as C-class. -- Beland (talk) 07:38, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Northern Ocean[edit]

As Russia has longest mainland shoreline per WP:NPOV it should be noted and bolded that it is also known as Northern Icy Ocean, as it's called in Russia. ru:Северный Ледовитый океан Elk Salmon (talk) 16:32, 4 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I dropped all the names in non-English languages from the article. These can be found in the language pull-down menu, as all the languages listed have articles on this topic. -- Beland (talk) 07:40, 27 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Social Studies[edit]

What is the Arctic Ocean surface temperature? (talk) 06:26, 14 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]