Oceania

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Oceania

Oceania

Facts about Oceania
Size: 8,525,989 sq km
No. of countries: 3
Population: 39,901,000

  • Australia is the world's smallest continent and is also known as an 'island continent' as it is surrounded by water on all sides
  • The official name of Australia is the Commonwealth of Australia
  • The continent of Australia is often called Sahul, Australinea or Meganesia to differentiate it from the country of Australia
  • Australia lies entirely on the south of the equator and if often called the country "down under"
  • The name Australia comes from the Latin word 'australis' meaning 'southern'
  • Of all the continents in the world, Australia stands at the top of wool production and import. This is because the sheep population in the world's smallest continent is 14 times that of its human population
  • Austria is home to over 500 varieties of eucalyptus trees
  • Two-thirds of Australia is desert land
  • The world's largest coral reef -- the Great Barrier Reef -- is around 2000 kilometres long
  • The unique animals of Australia are -- kangaroo, emu, platypus

Australia vs Oceania confusion

Instead of Australia, the name of the region including and surrounding Australia is often called 'Oceania'.

Oceania is a common term used for considers the smaller landmasses on the Pacific Ocean, primarily Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

It also includes the three island regions of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia (including the US state of Hawaii).

Oceania can be divided into three island groups, where each group is made of different materials: continental islands, high islands, and low islands.

Geologically, Australia is one of the seven continents of the world and the term is very much used in physical geography. Australia includes the islands of Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania, Seram and a number of others.

On the other hand, Oceania, which is not a part of the geological continent, includes the micro-continent of Zealandia, Micronesia, Polynesia, non-continental parts of Melanesia etc.