[Tagging] Points instead of areas

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 13:21:04 UTC 2018

On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 12:56 PM, Daniel Koć <daniel at koć.pl> wrote:

> The problem of how much continents there is and how are they named, is
> just parallel - it's
equally valid problem for points and areas.

Just to add to the confusion, the attribution of a location to a continent
depends upon context, even
when we decide what to call continents.

These days, geologists tend to think of continents in terms of tectonic
plates.  Turkey and Cyprus are on the
Anatolian plate, and this region was/is known as Asia Minor (a term not
used much these days, but in the
past it was termed a sub-continent) and is also known as Anatolia.
Geopolitically, both are considered to be
part of Europe despite being on a separate tectonic plate.

You *might* be able to make an argument for mapping tectonic plates.
They're not at the whim of politicians
and geography teachers.  Continents are a little more whimsical: when I was
a child India was a continent, later
a sub-continent.  Tectonic plates are much more permanent.  Or maybe we
need opengeologymap to render them
even if the data for them is held within the OSM database.  Or maybe
they're not worth the bother.

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