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Oceania or Australia?

Post by CanadianWashington on Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:05 am

Australia is often considered to be the continent in the south east area of the map. But I hear people as well consider it Oceania. I would like to know what the official term for it is.
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Malotun on Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:27 am

Australia is just the country, the real Continent(Oceania) includes New Zealand, New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, etc, etc.

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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Big_Appa on Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:36 pm

Oceania is the continent.
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Crazy Boris on Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:40 pm

Australia could be used as a continent name, but that really only includes the southwestern part of the region, whereas Oceania refers to everything in the Pacific from Australia and Palau to Hawaii and Easter Island, so I prefer Oceania because it makes sure every country and territory is part of a continental grouping
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Mr Trolldemort on Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:30 pm

Oceania all the way. Australia is just a country, and it excludes New Zealand, New Guinea, Palau, etc.

I think officially, it doesn't say whether Australia or Oceania is good (I've also heard Australasia used before too), it's mostly a matter of personal preference. Personally, I go for the one most inclusive, so that's why I use Oceania for that given area.
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by EmperorTigerstar on Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:49 am

I use Oceania.
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by CanadianWashington on Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:43 pm

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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Cold War Communist on Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:26 pm

I usually say Australia when I want to refer to that particular country, or New Zealand (when necessary). Rarely do I find myself discussing Indonesia, so there's no need to group them all together and really throw people off. At least in my experience and social circles.
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Crazy Boris on Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:30 pm

Cold War Communist wrote:I usually say Australia when I want to refer to that particular country, or New Zealand (when necessary). Rarely do I find myself discussing Indonesia, so there's no need to group them all together and really throw people off. At least in my experience and social circles.

Indonesia's generally considered part of Asia though.
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Cold War Communist on Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:36 pm

Crazy Boris wrote:
Cold War Communist wrote:I usually say Australia when I want to refer to that particular country, or New Zealand (when necessary). Rarely do I find myself discussing Indonesia, so there's no need to group them all together and really throw people off. At least in my experience and social circles.

Indonesia's generally considered part of Asia though.

I have always lumped it in there with New Guinea and Australia as part of Oceania. You can't win every time. Laughing

(I'm admitting I'm wrong, if you could not tell)
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by Königreich Preußen on Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:10 am

I'm gonna say Oceania
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Re: Oceania or Australia?

Post by DuceMoosolini on Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:38 pm

Oceania. There are all kinds of islands not connected by land to the Australian landmass, so it doesn't make since to refer to the continent as Australia.
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