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    help with debate - what are the 7 continents

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    ok I just watched "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" and the final question the woman had was "What continent is also a country?"

    Well we all know:
    North America
    South America
    Europe
    Asia
    Antarctica
    Africa
    and Australia (the correct answer according to the show)

    But a friend of mine *ahem* said that is wrong and it is Oceania/Australasia.

    So now I would like to know what everyone here has been taught. Were you taught Australia is a continent or did you learn the other way of Oceania/Australasia which would make the question above incorrect in your experience?
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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    I think your friend "ahem" is correct. I have always known that continent to be Oceania.

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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    I never heard as Oceania being a continent. I would have ansered Australia.

    I could not belive she said North America was a country.
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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    I wiould have said Australia, not Oceania; that includes islands, etc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania




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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    Yeah that's what I tried to explain. That Oceania is a name for the region of islands, not the continent.. oh well, you know those silly Canadians (hope more of them chime in I really am curious as to how they learned it)
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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    I am sure it is Australia, Oceania was the name of the continent before it split up about 3 zillion years ago !!( give or take)

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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    Australia

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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    Quote Originally Posted by ljbyar
    Australia
    Same here, Australia.

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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    Definetley Australia which is by the way the best country and continent in the world.

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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    Australia ... Its Oceania for Continents...

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    Re: help with debate - what are the 7 continents

    Straight out of Wikipedia

    The Australian continent is the smallest and lowest-lying of the Earth's continents, having a total land area of some 8,560,000 square kilometres. Though the Commonwealth of Australia occupies much of the continent and is often mistaken for being the entire continent, Australia and adjacent islands are connected by a shallow continental shelf covering some 2,500,000 square kilometres including the Sahul Shelf[2][3] and Bass Strait and half of which is less than 50 metres deep.
    As Australia the country is largely comprised of a single island, and comprises most of Australia the continent, it is sometimes informally referred to as "the island continent", especially for marketing purposes. [4] Pedagogic simplification also results in many school children being taught that the continent and the country are synonymous, resulting in the misconception being perpetuated.

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