Fri 29 Apr, 2016 12:15 pm
I was sitting in my freshman geology class, and we were doing our usual geology stuff. Then I got sucked back into the black hole that is my hatred of categorization of continents. I figured I would work on my own BS definition for a continent, and then identify ones. I know the process I used to find them, but I am unable to think what the explicit definition is. It was something along the lines of plates that snatched a piece of Pangea. It wasn't a very coherent definition, but its all for fun anyway. The eight continents I figured would fit that are Eurasia, Australia, Antarctica, Aquilia(North America and East Asia), Meridia(South America), Carribean(Central America + Carribean), Africa, Arabia, and India. Obviously had to come up with names for a few of those, I did not want to say North America + East Asia = North America after all.
So, to go through it one more time -
Aquilia, (North America and North-East Asia)
Meridia, (South America)
Carribean, (Carribean and Central America)
Does this sound reasonable? Also, any ideas for a better name than Carribean?
any ideas for a better name than Carribean?
'Caribbean' has the advantage of being correctly spelled.
not sure where your going ans in what time frame.(All the land masses had different names through the various "orogenic" events.
Maybe Antilles instead of Caribbean since you're talking about land masses(aren't you?)
@Tes yeux noirs,
And I pride myself on my spelling :/
I am going for modern day. And yes, land masses. I guess I am defining continent by a land mass on a continental plate.
North America is a land mass which rests on more than one continental plate. I am also bemused that you think the "non-continental" land masses of northeast Asia should be grouped with North America. Why would you do that? All in all, if find your proposal somewhat bizarre, and definitely irrelevant. I can think of more than seven billion reasons that it won't get any traction.
I like Caribbean because it celebrates a pack of anthropophagous savages.
Below is a map of plate activity in the Pacific basin:
Source at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay.
There is no good reason to include the islands of the northwest Pacific with North America.