Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 28 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2950 times:
Geography, just like politics and Airbus vs Boeing, is a subject that was, is, and will be discussed endlessly by a.netters. Different countries teach different systems, thus everyone has his/her own intake on the subject.
I learned in school that America is one single continent, divided in three regions: North America, South America, and this earthly paradise also known as Central America . However, I have seen that many people learned that North America is one continent and South America is another continent.
Since this is an international site, I'd like to know what a.nutters around the world think about it: is America one or two continents? I don't think it can be concluded whether anyone is right or wrong, but it will be interesting to hear different opinions...
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USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 6): I was always taught two continents - North America and South America. North America being composed of everything from Canada to Panama, including the West Indies. South America is everything else.
Ditto this version of it...
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Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2797 times:
I was taught that there is a South, Central and North America. When me and a friend worked in the same office, one of our bosses contended that Antarctica isn't really a continent since they don't send any athletes to the Olympics and thus are not represented in the 5 rings logo.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4346 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2792 times:
Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 11): the connection continues through the bridge of the Americas - so I still consider you all to be part of one continent.
By that logic Europe, Asia and even Africa are all one continent . . .
I was taught (as are most kids in the US) that North and South America are seperate continents, and Central America is part of the North American continent.
The best current description is from Wikipedia:
The 7-continent model is usually taught in Western Europe, the United States and Canada, Australia, and much of Asia. The 6-continent combined-America model is taught in Japan, Iran, and Latin America. The 6-continent Eurasia model is preferred by the scientific community, and as such is commonly found in all parts of the world, but is especially used in Russia and other countries of Eastern Europe. Historians may use the 5-continent Laurasian model (Jared Diamond) or the 4-continent Afrasian model (Andre Gunder Frank).
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QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
Quoting Searpqx (Reply 20): By that logic Europe, Asia and even Africa are all one continent . . .
No, not quite. The Americas are one continent that were physically separated by man. It was all at one stage considered one continent. I'm just saying that the physical separation of North and South American by the Panama canal does not two continents make.