Geography : Oceania

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Geography

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Geography

What is the main justification for Oceania's designation as a continent?

Possible Answers:

Oceania is composed of a series of peninsulas, all connected to the central landmass of Australia

The islands making up Oceania are connected by submerged landmass

None of these; Oceania is not a continent

Oceania is composed of continental islands, meaning that all the islands were once a part of the same landmass before being separated by tectonic activity

Correct answer:

Oceania is composed of continental islands, meaning that all the islands were once a part of the same landmass before being separated by tectonic activity

Explanation:

All of these statements are nonsense, except the correct answer. All of the islands of Oceania were, at one very long-ago time, part of the same landmass.

Example Question #1 : Physical Geography

Oceania is _________________.

Possible Answers:

not a continent

the smallest continent, in terms of total land area

the largest continent, in terms of total landmass

another name for Australia

Correct answer:

the smallest continent, in terms of total land area

Explanation:

Oceania is a continent made up of thousands of islands in the South Pacific. The largest landmass in Oceania is Australia, but there are literally thousands of other islands in the continent. All that being said, in terms of land area Oceania is the smallest continent; the dominant feature of the continent is the vast areas of the Pacific Ocean separating the islands.

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