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    Is Australia a Continent called Australia?

    If so is the land mass both a country and a continent and if so where does that leave places like New Zealand?

    Terms like Australasia used to be used for the continent (and judging by some online arguments about this still are) but sources such as Wiki are clear that the continent is Australia and nothing else.

    Interested in what people think, especially what is taught in Aus and NZ.

    EDIT-- The Australian govt calls Aus a continent so that is good enough for me.
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    Australia and New Guinea are a single continent. New Zealand is the Zealandia continent, most of which resides below sea level.



    As you can see, the two landmasses (New Guinea and Aussie) are connected, it's just the connection is below present sea level.



    Zealandia also includes several island chains.

    Below is the two side by side.

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    WTF Flem? They're connected its just most of it is under water"?

    That means everywhere is connected FFS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    WTF Flem? They're connected its just most of it is under water"?

    That means everywhere is connected FFS.
    Nope.

    To be a continent, it has to be on continental crust. They aren't connected because there is oceanic crust between them.

    Plate tectonics.

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    Where does this leave Kiribati, then?

    Or, come to think of it, Iceland?

    Wouldn't it make Europe and Africa (and Asia) the same continent?

    I think we have two very different definitions of continent here.
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    Way to overanalyse things, Flem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Nope.

    To be a continent, it has to be on continental crust. They aren't connected because there is oceanic crust between them.

    Plate tectonics.
    So how many continents actually are there? I mean, you've just proven the seven I got taught in high school geography is wrong by at least one; it makes me think there are probably a couple of other technical inconsistencies with that..
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    Cheers Flem, now we just need the Mathematicians to come in and prove to us all that 1+1=3, then we can all feel like uneducated oafs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Nope.

    To be a continent, it has to be on continental crust. They aren't connected because there is oceanic crust between them.

    Plate tectonics.
    It depends on your perspective.From a geological perspective I don't doubt you are right. I think you have a lot of talent in being pedantic though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    Where does this leave Kiribati, then?

    Or, come to think of it, Iceland?

    Wouldn't it make Europe and Africa (and Asia) the same continent?

    I think we have two very different definitions of continent here.
    Yeah we do. It seems to be a clash between the geographic and geological definitions. Though we can all agree Flem fits the definition of a nitpicking ****

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    Zealandia! Sure that was not in Avatar or something?

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    Fine ****s, I'll answer it in normal terms; Australia is it's own continent called Australia, and New Zealand is an archipelago of islands.

    As I understand it, Australia and NZ grouped together is called Australasia and the entire region (so those two plus the islands etc) are Oceania. They are just geographic labels of the general region though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    Where does this leave Kiribati, then?

    Or, come to think of it, Iceland?

    Wouldn't it make Europe and Africa (and Asia) the same continent?

    I think we have two very different definitions of continent here.
    Geologically, Europe and Africa are both different continents as well. They are on a divergent plate boundary, so they're actually moving apart.

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