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Why Greenland is not considered as a Continent like Australia?.....

Asked by Joseph Chacko, 02 Jul '09 12:05 am
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Australia is a continent but Greenland is an island? The answer is not clear-cut, but there are rational reasons behind it. The characteristics of continents are these: Areas of geologically stable continental crust, or cratons, tectonically independent from other continents Biological distinctiveness, with unique animal and plant life Cultural uniqueness Local belief in separate continental status Obviously, the first two are scientific, and the second two are more subjective. Compare Australia and Greenland, the largest island: Australia Greenland Tectonic independence from other continents YES NO Unique flora and fauna YES NO Unique cultures YES NO Local opinion MIXED ISLAND To elaborate: Australia is separated from all other continents by young oceanic crust. Greenland is geologically part of North America. Australia has highly distinct plants and animals. Greenland\'s are largely shared with northern North ...more
Answered by Ramesh Kalra, 02 Jul '09 12:20 am

 
  
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Greenland is an island
Answered by Manju Sikri, 05 Jul '09 09:47 pm

 
  
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Because of its small population.
Answered by Mrinalendra Banerjee, 02 Jul '09 07:35 am

 
  
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It isn\'t a continent. Greenland is an island. However, if you are talking about tectonic/continental plates, the island of greenland is part of the north american continental tectonic plate.It\'s in N. America but it belongs to Denmark.\"Greenland\") is a self-governed Danish territory lying between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. Though geographically and ethnically an Arctic island nation associated with the continent of North America, politically and historically Greenland is closely tied to Europe. It is the largest non-continental island in the world.Generally a continent is one of the major land masses on earth. In every accepted definition of continents, Australia is always included as a continent (or is part of an \"Oceania\" continent) and Greenland is never included. Even though Australia is the smallest of the accepted continents, Australia is still more than 3.5 times larger than Greenland. There has to be a line in the sand between small co ...more
Answered by inquisitive, 02 Jul '09 02:09 am

 
  
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The characteristics of continents are these: Areas of geologically stable continental crust, or cratons, tectonically independent from other continents Biological distinctiveness, with unique animal and plant life Cultural uniqueness Local belief in separate continental status Obviously, the first two are scientific, and the second two are more subjective. AUSTRALIA QUALIFIES, WHEREAS GREENLAND DOES NOT
Answered by Pradeep Kumar, 02 Jul '09 02:01 am

 
  
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