Is there a web service or dataset making it possible to map a latitude-longitude pair to the name of a body of water such as the name of an ocean, or large sea or lake? I am thinking of something akin to, say, http://services.gisgraphy.com/public/geocoding.html or one of the datasets available from thematicmapping.org for countries.


Geonames.org is always a good bet for this sort of query. In this case I'd use their findNearBy service

Something like:


should do it.

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