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  1. 06 Feb '17 03:14
    Wrong!

    There are 8!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-just-discovered-continent-wait-163821071.html
  2. 06 Feb '17 06:55
    Sorry to spoil your day, but there are still only 7.
  3. 06 Feb '17 11:19 / 6 edits
    I have looked at the link and I think it stretches the meaning of the word 'continent' to unreasonable limits and far beyond that which most people would naturally agree with. They confirmed that it contains some 'continental crust', which I don't dispute, but I think the problem here is that the land mass associated with it is still simply far too small for most people to agree that it conforms to what they would naturally mean by the word 'continent'.

    I would say there are still just 7 continents of the Earth.
  4. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    06 Feb '17 12:18
    Originally posted by whodey
    Wrong!

    There are 8!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-just-discovered-continent-wait-163821071.html
    Since a continent is defined as a contiguous land mass then either there are thousands of the things, since we'd have to treat every island as a continent, or there are four: Afro-eurasia, the Americas, Oceania and Antarctica.

    The word "continent" isn't terribly precisely defined. What constitutes a continent depends on the context. The evidence is that a couple of hundred million years ago there was just one large continent. So I don't think that Australia is in much danger of losing her smallest continent status to Mauritius.
  5. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    06 Feb '17 12:27
    Incidentally, the original article below does not talk about a new continent, but the shattered remains of an old one.

    http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14086
  6. 06 Feb '17 17:10
    Killjoys!!
  7. Standard member Ghost of a Duke
    The voice of reason
    06 Feb '17 18:45
    Originally posted by whodey
    Killjoys!!
    Quick sir, go find another deadly sin.
  8. Standard member apathist
    looking for loot
    07 Feb '17 01:58
    There were seven posts here. Now there are eight.
  9. Subscriber Kewpie
    since 1-Feb-07
    07 Feb '17 05:08 / 1 edit
    The Wikipedia article on continents reports that the term "continents" means different things to different communities reporting on different time periods. Also that the number currently taught in schools around the world ranges from 4 to 7. Nobody's counting Mauritius that I can see.
  10. 08 Feb '17 16:47
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    The Wikipedia article on continents reports that the term "continents" means different things to different communities reporting on different time periods. Also that the number currently taught in schools around the world ranges from 4 to 7. Nobody's counting Mauritius that I can see.
    Maybe they are alternate continents!
  11. Standard member Ghost of a Duke
    The voice of reason
    08 Feb '17 17:37
    Originally posted by whodey
    Maybe they are alternate continents!
    Dude, do you have alternate brain cells?
  12. 08 Feb '17 22:07
    Scotland is a continent.
  13. Standard member Ghost of a Duke
    The voice of reason
    09 Feb '17 19:02
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    Scotland is a continent.
    Scotland's incontinent?

    I guess haggis will do that to you...
  14. 17 Feb '17 00:52
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/16/scientists-discover-eighth-continent-zealandia/
  15. Standard member Soothfast
    0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,
    19 Feb '17 03:25
    Originally posted by whodey
    Wrong!

    There are 8!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-just-discovered-continent-wait-163821071.html
    In my opinion there are six, with Europe and Asia counting as one.