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Why is Eurasia referred to as two different continents?

Asked by AstroChuck (37378points) August 8th, 2008 from iPhone

We’ve always been taught that there are seven continents. But if you count them you’ll find only six. Why is Eurasia broken up into Europe and Asia? Do Portugal and Germany not want to be associated with countries such as China and Korea in Asia, and vice versa?

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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

I think it was a cultural difference that distinctively set them apart hundreds of years ago.

PupnTaco's avatar

It’s just too big to think about, so they snipped it off at a convenient place.

wilhel1812's avatar

i think a combination of the two above.

jballou's avatar

There’s a plethora of geo-political reasons why they are considered 2 different continents. When people refer to their being 7 continents, they are using a short hand for the 7 political continents. They aren’t using the literal definition of a continent as just a landmass surrounded by water.

wilhel1812's avatar

5 continents? Asia, America, Europe, Oceania and Africa? there are 5 rings in the olympics logo

jballou's avatar

Oceania? You mean Australia, right? The 5 continents that compete in the Olympics are Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

wilhel1812's avatar

Australia is a country, not a continent. Oceania consists of Australia, New Zeeland, Fiji and a lot of other smaller countries.

jballou's avatar

Sure, but the Olympic logo was designed like 100 years ago, before that was defined. Hell, there wasn’t even a North and South America back then which is why it’s only “America” in the definition. Check out the wikipedia page, it’s interesting.

wilhel1812's avatar

Well, i think of america as one continent. But it’s a lot of different ways to divide the globe it all depends of which way you use. i like the traditional way that the olympics use.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

There are 7 continents, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica. And yes, Australia is a continent but it is also a country, New Zealand, Fiji and the other Oceanic Islands are not considered part of any continent, same with Hawaii. Believe it or not, Greenland and Iceland are not part of a continent either.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

I was told by a history prof. that it was all political.

AstroChuck's avatar

@xxporkxsodaxx- Iceland is considered part of Europe and Greenland is a part of North America.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Hmm, never knew that, thank you for the enlightenment.

wilhel1812's avatar

Yea, atleast iceland is definitly a part of europe, so is greenland i think. Greenland being a part of denmark which is a part of europe.

Edit: again it seems like it’s a matter of geological or geopolitical…
“Though physiographically and ethnically an Arctic island nation and geographically a part of the continent of North America, politically and historically Greenland is associated with Europe, specifically Iceland, Norway, and Denmark. In 1978, Denmark granted home rule to Greenland, making it an equal member of the Rigsf├Žllesskab”

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Hmm, you seem very Douchey, especially seeing you think there are 5 continents you are in no position of acting above us.

wilhel1812's avatar

Thats not my intention, i’m really sorry if i made you think otherwise. It might also be my english causing you to misunderstand what i try to say. I’m really sorry.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

My bad, I didn’t know you weren’t a native english speaker, the way you worded it sounded like you were being snobby at correcting AstroChuck.

PupnTaco's avatar

Yeah, there’s always that fine line between being a non-native English speaker and being a douche. <rolls eyes>

Bugt's avatar

Why are asia and Europe called Eurasia?

Bugt's avatar

Why are europe and asia sometimes refered to as Eurasia?

wilhel1812's avatar

BIt’s reffered to as Eurasia because Europa and Asia is actually just one continent. It’s not divided like the other continents like Oceania and Africa

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