[Tagging] place nodes for continents?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 09:31:11 UTC 2018

On 07/08/18 19:13, Eugene Alvin Villar wrote:
> On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Javier Sánchez Portero 
> <javiersanp at gmail.com <mailto:javiersanp at gmail.com>> wrote:
> > The same applies to other place nodes like oceans, seas, natural 
> bays, straits, etc.
> At the risk of forking this discussion to another topic, I'd like to 
> point out that at least for oceans and major seas, bays, and straits, 
> the International Hydrographic Organization has defined them as 
> specific delimited areas.
> For continents, nobody could even agree whether to treat North and 
> South America as separate continents or as just one continent named 
> the Americas. Not to mention whether to call the smallest continent as 
> Australia, Australasia, or Oceania. (And let's not forget the 
> geological debate about Zealandia.) On a more general note, are we 
> talking about continent as a geopolitical entity (Europe vs. Asia), or 
> as a geological entity (Eurasia)?
> I am in favor of removing these continent nodes. They are "simple" and 
> few enough that people who make maps and apps can decide how to treat 
> them themselves.


Australia has at least 5 different 'centres' depending on how you 
calculate it;
Centre of gravity method
Lambert gravitational centre
Furtherest point from the coast
Median point
Johnston Geodetic Station

More detail? 

But "Officially, there is no centre of Australia." So say the experts. 
Probably because they cannot reach consensus, sounds familiar :)

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