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Old 07-09-2005, 11:12 PM   #91
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When I went to school, a million years before youse lot, Australia was considered the worlds largest island. Prior to this it was a continent. I was under the understanding Australia is once again an Island.

I will ask tomorrow at work. My office is right outside the geography, geology, and geophysics museum (or whatever its called these days )
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I was going to post some surveys of the continental shelf but they were too big. Here is the page that outlines reason for continent status; it contrasts Greenland and Australia for examples of islands and contients. Having an independent tectonic plate is a counted as a distinguishing factor between continent and island.

http://users.erols.com/jcalder/CONTISLAND.html
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Wanderer, are you studying geosomething?

I read the Greenland/Australia debate. Its one of the first items on the google list. I still want to ask the academics. It's not a difficult thing, I work at a Uni. Unfortunately academics are everywhere on a University campus
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Wanderer are you saying The Americas are three continents or two?
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Just refering my K.C. Condie.

The America's though ~ you have the North American plate which has the continental US and Alaska, Canada and Mexico. But Greenland is also part of that same plate. South America sits own a seperate plate, and then there are the smaller plates like the Nazca, Juan de Fuca and Carribean Plates.

But of these you only have two large pieces of continental crust with their own tectonic plates, North and South America. Greenland is on the North American plate so it is not considered a continent in it's own right.

Good idea to ask, it will probably stick with the traditional Island Continent definition.
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i don't know if the original question was answered or not. i've read most of the replies in this thread but not all.

after doing a little google search i found that the term "america" was actually given by europeans.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/1492/invent.html

http://www.ibiblio.org/expo/1492.exh...a/america.html
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leave it to somebody to find the real answer and spoil our fun
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Actually, the term "America/Americas" was created overseas. During the Age of Exploration and after the land masses now known as North and South America were, at first refered to as The New World and later The Americas, long before 1776.

Just curious, Australia is a continent too. Do you consider it arrogant for them to call themselves Australians?
Um, Australia is a continent yes... but the only thing in Australia IS Australia (the nation). Not much room for offence there!
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LOL I still think of you all quite lovingly as "Colonials" - we'll bring you back into British rule one of these days! I'm KIDDING of course, before anyone nukes me.

I've met a lot of people from the US over the years and I think for the most part, they have referred to themselves as being "from the US" as opposed to "I'm American".

Whether that's a conscious thing or not I don't know, but I have to say that I personally never considered the term "American" to be arrogant. I think that because it's been a term that's been in circulation for such a long time, few people (certainly on this side of the pond) question its use.

As Bono says "Outside it's America!"
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Just curious, Australia is a continent too. Do you consider it arrogant for them to call themselves Australians?
Funnily enough... the word in Spanish is not Australia for the continent, it is Oceania... so there are two different words. According to what I studied, New Zealand is also in Oceania... where is New Zealand according to what you studied? Australia? Asia?

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Oceania is Australia, New Zealand and some of the outlying islands.
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I think I do remember being taught that Oceania was the name of the continent, not Australia...
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yeesh that's pretty bad

as a matter of interest, what state did you live in?
Illinois: 9 months.
Wisconsin: 1 year.
New Jersey: 1 year.
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It's kind of like a sweet pastry dough rolled into a shape of a beavertail and then fried. Comes with powdered sugar or cinnamon or other toppings.
Just back from Ottawa. Beaver tails are wonderful.

When I go to Canada, I say I'm from the States. If someone asks my nationality, I'm American. I wouldn't take offense if anyone challenged me on that description, but I wouldn't go into angst over it. As someone has commented, we've been called America by ourselves and by the rest of the world long before we were a superpower, when we were a fledgling curiosity. We will be called America long after we stop being a superpower. It's just a name used to identify us. No big deal.

But I am delighted to share American status (continentally speaking) with Canada. Canada's my favorite country and a kickass neighbor.
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