[Taxacom] Supposed new continent

Kenneth Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 17 20:29:33 CST 2017

According to this definition, is Europe really a separate continent?  More like a subcontinent or very large peninsula of Eurasia.  Even those who call Europe a separate continent can't seem to agree where it leaves off and Asia begins.

As for Zealandia, as well as another new "continent" called Mauritia, perhaps microcontinent might be in order (or follow the astronomers lead and call them "dwarf" continents).  Would Iceland also qualify?  Where do you draw the line?


From: Taxacom <taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> on behalf of John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>
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Researchers said Zealandia was a distinct geological entity and met all the
criteria applied to Earth's seven other continents -- elevation above the
surrounding area, distinctive geology, a well-defined area and a crust much
thicker than that found on the ocean floor.


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