Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Episode 19 - Why Isn't Greenland a Continent?

Vince B. sent in a great question, why isn't Greenland considered a continent?  Well I am no geographer, but I work with a guy who is, Dr. William Osei of the Algoma University Geography Department.

It turns out that the word continent is a pretty arbitrarily defined thing.  Basically, according to Dr. Osei, it is based pretty much on size and convention.  Greenland is actually quite small by continent standards, it is only 1/14th the size of Africa!

Thanks to Isabelle for the new music.


Treiv said...

Yes and you would think the same for Australia which is much larger then Greenland (I'm speculating - ie not checking)but it's classified as an island

Dave Brodbeck said...

Australia though is WAY bigger than Greenland. It is considered a continent.