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Old 03-21-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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The whole of Europe would as as diverse, if not more, than China or the US. You find it all here.
Europe isn't a country





not yet anyway
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Since the USA is the only country left in the world that still claims far-flung non-contiguous territory, probably yes.
France has retained more overseas possessions (now aptly termed les départments d'outre mer) than any other former colonial power, and they have more far-flung non-contiguous territories than any other country. There is Réunion in the Indian ocean with nearly one million people. Then there is Guyane Française in South America, which hosts the European Space Agency, as well as New Caledonia next to Australia, and in the South Pacific there is French Polynesia with the famous island of Tahiti. Réunion has nearly one million people, and the other ocatinos mentinoed have around 300,000 inhabitants. Between 2-3 million of France's population of 65 million live overseas. To put things in perspective, Hawaii has a population of about 1.5 million.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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What hurts America is much of the lower 48's interior is plains and farmland. So even though it has diverse landscapes your typical worldly person would claim its not diverse compared to a country like Europe for that reason.


Atleast that is the way i see it.
Europe is not a country, but even if it was, the United States and China would still have more climactic diversity. Look at the Koppen Classification map:

http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/mpe...Koppen_Map.png

According to this, Europe appears to be the least diverse continent.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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Europe isn't a country
Thank you sharing this knowledge. Like someone else mentioned already, Europe and the US are more or less equal in size. As geographical diversity tends to vary with distance, it makes more sense to compare equally sized entities like Europe and the US than to compare individual countries to a large area like the US. The fact that the OP failed to notice this subtlety, does not make it less true.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:45 PM
 
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Thank you sharing this knowledge. Like someone else mentioned already, Europe and the US are more or less equal in size. As geographical diversity tends to vary with distance, it makes more sense to compare equally sized entities like Europe and the US than to compare individual countries to a large area like the US. The fact that the OP failed to notice this subtlety, does not make it less true.
I didn't fail to notice anything.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:39 PM
 
Location: USA
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how about naming some other entire continents too?
LOL thumbs up
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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France has retained more overseas possessions (now aptly termed les départments d'outre mer) than any other former colonial power, and they have more far-flung non-contiguous territories than any other country. There is Réunion in the Indian ocean with nearly one million people. Then there is Guyane Française in South America, which hosts the European Space Agency, as well as New Caledonia next to Australia, and in the South Pacific there is French Polynesia with the famous island of Tahiti. Réunion has nearly one million people, and the other ocatinos mentinoed have around 300,000 inhabitants. Between 2-3 million of France's population of 65 million live overseas. To put things in perspective, Hawaii has a population of about 1.5 million.
France offered them all self-determination, and those that remain French are the ones where the inhabitants voted to remain in France.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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What hurts America is much of the lower 48's interior is plains and farmland. So even though it has diverse landscapes your typical worldly person would claim its not diverse compared to a country like Europe for that reason.


Atleast that is the way i see it.
I think a "typical worldly person" understands the difference between a country and a continent comprised of multiple countries. Derp!
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Thank you sharing this knowledge. Like someone else mentioned already, Europe and the US are more or less equal in size. As geographical diversity tends to vary with distance, it makes more sense to compare equally sized entities like Europe and the US than to compare individual countries to a large area like the US. The fact that the OP failed to notice this subtlety, does not make it less true.
It doesn't make the fact that the US and Europe are similar in size less true, but that's not what the OP was comparing. The OP asked about countries, and so that's what people are comparing... if you don't feel the metrics are fair, then start a thread comparing countries to continents with the same question.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Definitely not Canada, which is uniformly cold across the entire country, and lacks a plethora of habitable climates commonly found in other large countries. But certainly China. Here is a list of the world's "mega diverse" countries based on biodiversity:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megadiverse_countries

and here is a map of climate zones: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...version%29.png

In terms of being the most diverse, It's a run-off between America and China. Like America, China is centered around different climactic zones. It has a frigid north, and a tropical south. China also has large swaths of desert, plains, and mountains. India, Madagascar, and South Africa are also very diverse.
You have to look at the title of the thread which is geographic diversity and not just biodiversity. In this regard of Canada, it is no laggard when it comes to diversity in landscapes, geography and climate. For anyone interested in the geographic and climactic diversity of Canada, these article do a good job displaying Canada's panopoly of geoclimatic regions.

Geography of Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Many Geographic Regions of Canada

Clearly anyone who says Canada is uniformly anything uniformly does not understand the country. I would agree it isn't on the same level as the U.S but I just find your post too dismissive and narrowly focused regarding Canada's geoclimatic/geographic diversity.

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