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Old 01-10-2016, 03:44 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California
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They're both close enough to be on the same continent, aren't they?
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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They're both close enough to be on the same continent, aren't they?
Plate tectonics

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Old 01-10-2016, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Plate tectonics play their part, but often times they are ignored other wise Kamchatka and Japan would be considered North American.
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:02 PM
 
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Its like saying "why is Ontario in Canada, and New York in the United States? They are close enough to be in the same country"

There has to be a line of separation somewhere....
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Plate tectonics play their part, but often times they are ignored other wise Kamchatka and Japan would be considered North American.
Only the Northern/Eastern Half of Japan.
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Old 01-10-2016, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA, USA
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From the plate map, it shows the western part of Iceland being part of the North American plate while the eastern part of Iceland being part of the Eurasian plate.
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Old 01-10-2016, 10:18 PM
 
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Its like saying "why is Ontario in Canada, and New York in the United States? They are close enough to be in the same country"

There has to be a line of separation somewhere....
I thought OP asked the reason why they drew the line there.
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Old 01-10-2016, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Plate tectonics
The thing is, these maps aren't always used to define the continents. I mean, in that regard, Hong Kong and Stockholm would be in the same continent since Asia and Europe are in the Eurasian plate.

But then again, it depends on what people prefer, the physical or the political side of continent definition...

According to the plate tectonics, the western half of Iceland is in North America. But culturally, Iceland is more European. So it's understandable to go with the latter classification. Same way that Far East Russia is more Asian than North American culture, so you can't say "it's part of North America".

Not to mention, the ocean is used as a factor here - Since Alaska is not physically connected to Eastern Russia (it was over 13,000 years ago), they would NOT be considered part of the same continent, even if they are technically. So there are compromises here.

Not an expert, but I think the Ural Mountains in Asia/Europe are a border of the "Asian" and "European plate". Perhaps there is an Asian and European plate and we don't know about it?

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Old 01-11-2016, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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The thing is, these maps aren't always used to define the continents. I mean, in that regard, Hong Kong and Stockholm would be in the same continent since Asia and Europe are in the Eurasian plate.

But then again, it depends on what people prefer, the physical or the political side of continent definition...

According to the plate tectonics, the western half of Iceland is in North America. But culturally, Iceland is more European. So it's understandable to go with the latter classification. Same way that Far East Russia is more Asian than North American culture, so you can't say "it's part of North America".

Not to mention, the ocean is used as a factor here - Since Alaska is not physically connected to Eastern Russia (it was over 13,000 years ago), they would NOT be considered part of the same continent, even if they are technically. So there are compromises here.

Not an expert, but I think the Ural Mountains in Asia/Europe are a border of the "Asian" and "European plate". Perhaps there is an Asian and European plate and we don't know about it?
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
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:40 PM
 
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The thing is, these maps aren't always used to define the continents. I mean, in that regard, Hong Kong and Stockholm would be in the same continent since Asia and Europe are in the Eurasian plate.

But then again, it depends on what people prefer, the physical or the political side of continent definition...

According to the plate tectonics, the western half of Iceland is in North America. But culturally, Iceland is more European. So it's understandable to go with the latter classification. Same way that Far East Russia is more Asian than North American culture, so you can't say "it's part of North America".

Not to mention, the ocean is used as a factor here - Since Alaska is not physically connected to Eastern Russia (it was over 13,000 years ago), they would NOT be considered part of the same continent, even if they are technically. So there are compromises here.

Not an expert, but I think the Ural Mountains in Asia/Europe are a border of the "Asian" and "European plate". Perhaps there is an Asian and European plate and we don't know about it?

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.
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