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 New Zealand and New Caledonia are large, isolated islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean. They have never been regarded as part of the Australian continent, although the geographic term Australasia often is used for the collective land and islands of the southwest Pacific region. In the following sections, we summarize the four key attributes of continents and assess how Zealandia meets these criteria.
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I didn't know what to quote as the article uses a lot of references in the body of the text so I used a small section of the very large article. The article itself is very long but the TL;DR is that geologists are arguing for New Zealandia to be classified as a continent.

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it makes sense to me, it's basic logic, even though they don't want to admit they are part of the same submerge continent.

the "islands" they all inhabit are actually the tip of the mountain for the submerged tectonic plate (continent)
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Cool, my own continent biggrin.gif
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Real article? Real news? I'm so.....I'm so happy.....thumb.gif
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Nice article. I enjoyed this line in particular:
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Zealandia illustrates that the large and the obvious in natural science can be overlooked.

It takes a rather sizable amount of courage to admit that even with the knowledge we've amassed about the planet, we still know next to nothing in the long run.
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