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Northern Ocean
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Golden Rainbow Oceans

The Northern Ocean, also Northern Glaciar Ocean, located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the north polar region, is one of the smallest and shallowest of the Golden Rainbow's seven major oceanic divisions. Bordering three of the ten continents of Golden Rainbow.

Some oceanographers classifying as an estuary of the Major Ocean. Alternatively, the Northern Ocean can be seen as the northernmost part of the all-encompassing World Ocean.

Geography

Almost completely surrounded by Draca Mixor and Lynx Minor and parts of Centura Donna, the Northern Ocean is partly covered by sea ice throughout the year (and almost completely in winter). The Northern Ocean's surface temperature and salinity vary seasonally as the ice cover melts and freezes; its salinity is the second lowest on average of the seven major oceans, due to low evaporation, heavy fresh water inflow from rivers and streams, and limited connection and outflow to surrounding oceanic waters with higher salinities.

The Northern Ocean occupies a roughly circular basin and covers an area almost the size of Draca Mixor continent.

It is generally taken to include White Sea, Octanta Sea, Auruga Sea, Veronica Sea, Salman Sea, North Menlo Sea, Scorfu Sea, Vanguard Bay.

Bordering continents and regions

Lynx Minor
Centura Donna
Lacerta

Sea ice

Much of the Northern Ocean is covered by sea ice which varies in extent and thickness seasonally. The seasonal variations reaches the maximum in April and minimum in September. The sea ice is affected by wind and ocean currents which can move and rotate very large areas of ice. Zones of compression also arise, where the ice piles up to form pack ice.

Climate

The Northern Ocean is contained in a polar climate characterized by persistent cold and relatively narrow annual temperature ranges. Winters are characterized by the polar night, cold and stable weather conditions, and clear skies; summers are characterized by continuous daylight (midnight sun), damp and foggy weather, and weak cyclones with rain or snow.

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