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Should Europe Be Considered A Seperate Continent?

  1. Yes, it should be classified seperate (Please Explain Why)

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  2. No, it is a subcontinent like India and Arabia

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  1. Jan 22, 2006 #1
    [SOLVED] Should Europe Be Considered A Seperate Continent?

    It barely makes the subcontinent standard as it belongs to the Eurasian plate (where as Arabian and Indian subcontinent are on different plates!). The European subcontinent should be merged with Eurasia and treated like so by all standards. But instead of teaching children in school there are only 6 continents, the lie of 7 continents is told.

    Why is Europe so strongly classified as a different continent? It might have to do with White or European Supremacy but I doubt (Europe is to liberal socialist for this!).
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  3. Jan 22, 2006 #2


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    It's a political boundary that has been recognised long before the discovery of plate tectonics. Why change it?
    The definition of subcontinent is quite hazy anyway.
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  4. Jan 22, 2006 #3
    Because its a misnomer. Europe is very much apart of Asia. Therefore it should be called Eurasia.

    If Europe is going to be a seperate continent so should Indian and Arabia :wink:.
  5. Jan 23, 2006 #4


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    Guys guys guys, just like countries are not always derived from where the rivers and mountains are, continents are not always derived just from the tectonic plates. Europe's general culture is much different from the cultures of Asia.

    There are also many different continent systems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent
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  6. Jan 24, 2006 #5
    Yes that is true that the definition of continent varies but it always has one common root in all definations: a contiguous land mass. Europe is definitely connected to Asia by far more than just a tiny piece of land (as with Africa and Asia on the other hand).

    Does Europe really have such a different culture than the rest of Eurasia? Or was that idea brought by white supremacists? Middle Eastern culture is far closer European culture than it is to East Asian culture.
  7. Jan 31, 2006 #6
    European culture is very different from most Asian cultures. The Middle East has become a great deal more like Europe, but again, the culture is vastly different. Plate tectonics do not identify continents, quite often other factors take precedent.
  8. Jan 31, 2006 #7
    It is a conteint.It may be part of asia but it's big enough to be coniserd a conteint.You can possible put Europe asia and africa togther to from a super contient called Afro-Eurasia.
    Can you Europe be conised a Peninsula if it is aprat of aisa?
  9. Feb 18, 2006 #8
    European culture is far more similar to middle eastern culture. So why don't we consider the Middle East a seperate continent too? Continents are not divided by culture and even if they are Europe is close enough to middle eastern or russian culture than it is to East Asian culture.

    Europe is not a continent if we go by the traditional defination or even the newer ones. It is barelly a subcontinent (it shares the same tectonic as most of Asia, where as Arabia and India have a different one!).
  10. Feb 18, 2006 #9


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    Continents are not only determined by their determination of contiguous landmass, but also by how different the cultures, mindsets, races, and religions are of the continents. Look at France, Spain, Finland, Italy, Ireland, Bulgaria, and compare their races, religions, and ideologies and values to the Chinese, Afghani, Indian, Cambodian, Azerbajiani, Iranian. I know it maybe difficult for those of you that look like you have mainly a background in geology, and a lacking background in social studies and geography.

    There are also different systems of continents and defintions depending on what field you are in.
  11. Feb 20, 2006 #10
    Yes, but if we were to make continent different because of culture the Middle East and Russia would easily be its own continent. They are far closer to European culture (you can't deny that). Asia is extremly diverse. If we were to talk about Eurasia it just adds one more culture.

    Why isn't Northwest Africa a seperate continent. Its culture (around the old Carthage Republic) is very much different and more like Europe.

    You just can't lump Middle Eastern, Russian, East Asian, South Asian, South East Asia, Central Asia, ect. into one branch of cultures. They are far too different. Few of those I mentioned are closer to European culture than to other Asian cultures.
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  13. Feb 21, 2006 #12
    So is the Indian subcontinent. So why is it considered a seperate continent.

    The traditional defination of a continent is a large continuous landmass. I Europe a large landmass? No it isn't, it is connected to Asia.

    From wikipedia;


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    Europe doesn't even have its own tectonic plates! Where as India and Arabia do. And even if they found out that Europe did have its own tectonic plate, it still doesn't change the fact that is a single landmass with Asia.

    I don't see how you can view it any other way. It is sort of life the primary colors. In the past it RYB was considered the primary colors when in fact is either RGB(Additive) or CMY (Subtractive). No fiction is safe, no matter how many people are fooled. Whether it be cultural or not it is still a fiction.
  14. Feb 26, 2006 #13
    It should be considered a continent for historic, not geographic reasons.
  15. Feb 26, 2006 #14
    Why do we have to consider it a continent even for historic regions? We can consider Europe a region of Eurasia for historic regions, but continent wise would matter or make much sense.

    Europe is like East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, ect. regions of Eurasia. A region yes but not a continent.
  16. Feb 27, 2006 #15


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    Can I ask why this seems to bother you so much?
  17. Feb 27, 2006 #16
    It doesn't bother me that much.

    However it does sort annoy me that people teach such misconceptions. I would be equally annoyed if creationism was thought in biological classes when it isn't science. That isn't how things are and major misconceptions like this should be spread.

    If people started claiming the sky was purple, it would get sort annoying because that isn't the truth.
  18. Mar 11, 2006 #17
    That has the appearance of a truly dumb comparison.

    Science in its present guise evolved in Europe. Technology evolved in its present expression evolved in Europe. The Industrial Revolution, the Enlightenment, The Renaissance, all took place in Europe.

    Geologically Europe is extremely complex.

    It is not a misconception, it is a historically derived reality. Accept it.
  19. Mar 12, 2006 #18
    Your not making much sense.:rolleyes:
  20. Mar 12, 2006 #19


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    This is why Europe is considered a separate continent. Like I said, its based on culture. Europe's culture developed quite separately of Asian cultures. (Compare:Irish, and Chinese culture). Its not a misconception.
  21. Mar 12, 2006 #20
    Yes, MK, I know that's why Europe is considered a separate continent. I think these are good reasons for considering it so. I am repeating and rephrasing them in an effort to demonstrate to Silverbackman that they are valid justifications for continuing to consider Europe a continent.

    I am bemused as to why you are repeating my observations, which support your earlier ones. Perhaps Silverbackman was right, and I was not making very much sense.

    Europe is different from Asia on these grounds:

    These differences merit it being considered as a continent.
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