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Old 01-21-2016, 02:10 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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No there is no plate division between Europe and Asia, the Urals are one of the oldest mountains in the world and are extremely eroded, similar to the Apallachian Mountains. The Ural mountain division is completely arbitrary, historicly the Volga or the don River was considered the boundary. That's why many countries just combine the two as Eurasia, making a total of 6 continents. Also the reason why Iceland is considered part of Europe is because Iceland was discovered and inhabited by Europeans a thousand years ago and have remained there in contact with Europe ever since. Greenland was also discovered and inhabited by Vikings, but their colonies were Abandoned by 1400s and was eventually forgotten, it was only when the Danes recolonized the island in the 1700s did Europeans start to live there once more, but by then the inuts had fully inhabited the island which gave it a new world flavor unlike Iceland.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Greenland
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Iceland
From a biological point of view, Greenland has more in common with the rest of North America where as Iceland is closer to Europe wildlife wise.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:30 AM
 
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One could ask the same question concerning Cyprus , located South of Turkey, Turkey (save a tiny part west of the Bosphorus) being in Asia. Geographically in my opinion Cyprus is in Asia too, not in Europe.
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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One could ask the same question concerning Cyprus , located South of Turkey, Turkey (save a tiny part west of the Bosphorus) being in Asia. Geographically in my opinion Cyprus is in Asia too, not in Europe.
If Cyprus isn't Europe neither are Russia and Eastern Ukraine.
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Old 01-22-2016, 07:20 AM
 
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Well, there is European Russia (west of the Urals) and Asian Russia (East of the Urals), didn't you know that ?
There are even 5 €U enclaves in or off Africa : the Spanish Presidios in Northern Morocco, the Canary islands, Madeira (P), la Reunion and Mayotte island (F)
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Denmark
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Not very familiar with the culture of either, but Greenland.... something something Danish settlers? I will grant that its indigenous peoples have more cultural similarities with indigenous North American peoples.
It was previously a danish colony and now belongs to the Danish Realm, hence the european connection.

The Danish Realm (Danish: det danske rige;Danish: rigsfællesskabet; Faroese: ríkisfelagsskapurin; Greenlandic: naalagaaffeqatigiit) is an official term for the relations between Denmark proper and the two overseas constituent countries, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, which collectively make up the Kingdom of Denmark.

The nature of the Kingdom of Denmark is fundamentally one of a unitary sovereign state. The Faroe Islands and Greenland have been integrated parts of the Kingdom of Denmark since the 18th century. However, due to their separate historical and cultural identities, these parts of the Realm have an extensive type of self-government and have assumed legislative and administrative responsibility in a substantial number of fields.


Source: Wikipedia.
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Old 01-29-2016, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I've always thought that the early scientists made a major blunder by not naming one of the special tectonic regions the Blue Plate
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