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One_Owl1680

When does an island become a continent?


ThatsMyBestGuess

https://youtu.be/3uBcq1x7P34 “Is Australia really a dinky continent or is it king of the islands?”


Aussiewhiskeydiver

Although Australia is sometimes called an “island continent,” most geographers consider islands and continents to be separate things. According to Britannica, an island is a mass of land that is both “entirely surrounded by water” and also “smaller than a continent.” By that definition, Australia can’t be an island because it’s already a continent. But in that case, what’s the difference between Australia and Greenland? Why isn’t Greenland (at 836,000 square miles [2,165,230 square km]) considered a continent instead of just the world’s largest island? Unfortunately, there isn’t a strict scientific definition of a continent. But there are a few criteria that are commonly used to distinguish one continent from another. First, there is a geological distinction. While Australia and most of Asia are situated on separate tectonic plates, Greenland shares a tectonic plate with North America. Second, there is a biological distinction. While a large percentage of Australia’s plant and animal species can be found nowhere else in the world, fewer of Greenland’s species are unique. Third, there is an anthropological distinction. Aboriginal people are limited to Australia, while indigenous Greenlanders belong to a group of peoples (the Inuit) found throughout the Arctic, including parts of Canada, the United States, and Russia. [Source](https://www.britannica.com/story/is-australia-an-island)


Michael_Snowy

The largest land mass on a continental plate is a continent, everything else is an island. Australia is a continent.


One_Owl1680

This appears to be the best, most-scientifical explanation. You may be totally full of shit for all I know, but you sold it very well if you are. I’ll buy it.


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One_Owl1680

That’s kind of my point. Why is Africa DEFINITELY a continent by Hawaii is DEFINITELY an island. Is Greenland big enough to be a continent?


ThrowinNightshade

No. It’s connected to Asia


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ThrowinNightshade

I wouldn’t because it’s just a scratch on the surface compared to what’s underground. Geologically (and maybe geographically) speaking the two continents are connected.


JWWBurger

So, what you’re saying is The Asian-African-European island is the clear winner here.


gwgos1

No it’s not because they made the Suez Canal.


Impossible_Burger

One World


marginwalker3

i'm not seeing No Man here, and everyone knows No Man is an island.


OkayishMrFox

That’s beautiful.


marginwalker3

it's okayish, mr fox.


Pringletache

Australia - such a large island it doesn’t feature on the list of largest islands


Michael_Snowy

The largest land mass on a continental plate is a continent, everything else is an island. Australia is a continent.


Quentin_Funkadelic

Is hundred an amount, and is Australia an island?


ErraticLitmus

Damn right Australia is an island. Girt by sea. Shit guide


hilly316

Australia is girt as fuck


Ascott1963

Australia = absolute unit


Michael_Snowy

>The largest land mass on a continental plate is a continent, everything else is an island. Australia is a continent.


burn-babies-burn

Wouldn’t that definition make Isla Isabella a continent, being the largest landmass on the Nazca plate? And the Arabian peninsula with its own plate? I thought the ‘continent vs island’ distinction was simply convention


ErraticLitmus

Australia is the only continent in the world that is also an island


NinaCulotta

Continent Zealandia which is largely underwater but still technically a continent would like a word.


palaisdementhe

According to Bacardi, yes. https://youtu.be/mekesVu2pMo


tilt-a-whirly-gig

Australia was born an island, but is transcontinental.


rabs210

Absolutely. Agree, poor guide.


TrainViewing

My mind is unsettled now, lol. I looked further into this and, in contrast to what I’ve thought all my life, the definition of “island” isn’t really universal and many don’t consider Australia to meet their definition.


Michael_Snowy

The largest land mass on a continental plate is a continent, everything else is an island. Australia is a continent.


TrainViewing

Yeah, I’ve now looked at the same websites you have since this post. And yet some geologists consider it to be both a continent and island (a continental island). I’m happy to be enlightened either way.


highfatoffaltube

Largest island guide manages to omit the largest island.......


Snaz5

Australia doesnt count because it’s it’s own continent. If it did antarctica would also need to be there


SweatyAnalProlapse

Antarctica isn't a single landmass. It's an archipelago covered in a sheet of ice.


ThrowinNightshade

Where is Australia?


GymLoner

Where is New? I could only see Zealand


Baurusdavinci

Does Japan not count as an island?


TrainViewing

The Japanese islands are on the chart.


Baurusdavinci

Thanks, I should have figured after seeing “Hawaii”they were likely to include individual islands


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The state of Hawaii is named for the largest of its islands.


Saketh2513

Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido are the 3 main islands of Japan


Baurusdavinci

Thanks! I feel dumb now


TrainViewing

Don’t feel dumb…I’m still reeling from the fact that Australia isn’t considered an island. Lol…


Saketh2513

Mate there's nothing to feel dumb about, most people wouldn't even know Japan is an island


Mmcfarl1

Madigasikara?


cewumu

If you look a lot of them are transliterations of local names. That’s the Malagasy name for Madagascar.


MostBoringStan

How many of those are in Canada? Anybody know? I've counted 7 but those were the easy ones.


Juicebeetiling

Tf happened that someone named an island "Desolation Island"


MostlyBrowsingStuff

Eurasia would like to have a word.


shylock2k202

That’s a lot of Falkland Islands!


One_Owl1680

Hehehehe. I get it.


shylock2k202

A comedian, Steve Rizzo, does a bit about those and anytime I see islands, I think of it.


am_n00ne

Pretty much sum up 90% of Indonesia land


Analyst_Rude

Huh, I thought Madagascar far.bigger than X2 UK.


overly_curious_cat

Where is Long Island New York?


CircularReasoner

Andaman and Nicobar Islands?


gwgos1

I’m wondering that also. I believe that Australia is an island. It’s a bigun that’s for sure but still an island.


Michael_Snowy

The largest land mass on a continental plate is a continent, everything else is an island. Australia is a continent.


mr_smith19

https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/oceania-physical-geography defines Australia as a continental island as it meets the requisites of both continent and island.


Sad-Pangolin-4672

Where is mauritius and réunion ?


melly_8

Ahaha they’ve listed Tasmania as a separate island from Australia 🤣🤣 Where all the Tassie rage?


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Can you walk from one to the other without getting your shoes wet?


ReverendAllan

Yes, but only if you run very fast.