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Top 10 American Countries by Coastline

Name the countries that have the longest coastlines in the continents of North and South America.
  • Source: CIA World Factbook via Wikipedia
  • Confused by the results? Learn about the coastline paradox
  • Quiz by gjcsarris - Jul 02, 2017
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Kilometers
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202,080
19,924
9,330
7,491
6,435
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3,735
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level 77
Jul 2, 2017
My knowledge of coastline paradox might be low... but it won´t help you anyways from saying that the total coastline of Canada is 2/3 of Earth-Moon distance...
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level 52
Jul 2, 2017
Because all the coastline of the islands count.
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level 26
Nov 26, 2017
Indeed. In global coastline quizzes people are usual astounded that my native, tiny Denmark figures prominently. But that's the effect of having 600+ islands.
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level 33
Nov 26, 2017
@priamos does that include Greenland too?
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level 58
Nov 26, 2017
Same with Croatia.
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level 40
Nov 28, 2017
even if all the islands didnt count, it'd probably still be larger than the US's
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level 70
Jul 3, 2017
It actually does. There are even some lines in the article dedicated to the Canadian case. It is simply a huge country (with a lot of it touching the sea) and the coastline has a very high fractal dimension. Thanks to QM for adding the link!
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level 40
Nov 14, 2017
Canadas coastline looks like someone just got a big knife and went ham on it
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level 70
Jul 2, 2017
Your link says the coastline of a land mass doesn't have a well-defined length. Then how is it possible to grade the quiz correctly?
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level ∞
Jul 2, 2017
You choose a minimum length (say 1 kilometer) and then ignore variations of less than that.
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level 35
Nov 26, 2017
Sorry, QM, just noticed that you are JetPunk level infinity. HOW THE HELL???
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level 70
Nov 26, 2017
"The scales at which The World Factbook figures were measured are not stated, nor is it known whether the figures are all reported using the same scale, thus the figures are not necessarily comparable across different countries." -- Wikipedia
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level 77
Jul 3, 2017
All those islands. Only started guessing them when I ran out of countries on the continent. It said continent so I took this to mean continental landmass, not islands. Duh.
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level 66
Jul 3, 2017
Very surprised that Peru is not on here.
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level 40
Nov 14, 2017
Sure, Peru would probably be there if one of those other countries didn't exist
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level 36
Nov 26, 2017
Then Peru should destroy the Bahamas, colonize it, and give it full status.
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level 55
Jul 3, 2017
Tricky heee
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level 70
Jul 20, 2017
Wait, did I just take a quiz that didn't have any Harry Potter questions in it? Somebody pinch me.
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level 29
Nov 26, 2017
OK, where do you live, and are you willing to pay for the plane ticket
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level 71
Nov 14, 2017
Confusing title. Better: "Top 10 Countries of the Americas by Coastline"
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level 66
Nov 26, 2017
What's the difference?
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level 71
Nov 26, 2017
The title I suggested is less confusing as the adjective and demonym "American" is used almost exclusively to refer to the United States of America and has been, by virtually every person on Earth, for at least the past 150 years. Cognates of "American" apply exclusively or primarily to the United States, by common usage, in almost every spoken language in the world including Spanish, and other terms designed to replace "Americano" are so odd and so recent that they usually don't appear in dictionaries or translation software. The recent cynical and fabricated controversy around this is purely political, motivated by spite, and not based on any common, popular, or historical use of language.

"The Americas" is not confusing at all. There is only one thing that it could refer to: the pair of continents known as North America and South America. "American countries" sounds like you are looking for countries within the United States, which makes no sense.
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level 71
Nov 26, 2017
For the above reasons I would suggest that JetPunk go back to using "American" to refer to the United States, "North American" to refer to North America, "South American" to refer to South America, and "of the Americas" to refer to things from both continents. Don't give in to these agenda-driven linguistic terrorists.
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level 71
Nov 26, 2017
It's not as if I've got decades spent traveling through more than 60 countries, 200 years of well-documented linguistic history, multiple degrees in English language, or the OED to back me up or anything...
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level 60
Nov 26, 2017
If you can think of 10 American countries by only considering the USA "american" you're a bloody genius
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level 71
Nov 27, 2017
It shouldn't take anyone more than a few seconds to figure out what the quiz is about. Still, it's a poorly constructed title.
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level 18
Nov 26, 2017
lol
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level 40
Nov 26, 2017
Perhaps someday (soon?) someone here will realize that "American" encompasses the entire continent, not just the United States. Furthermore,as the United States does not have countries, but states, only a moron would be confused by the instructions.
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level 71
Nov 26, 2017
So you were confused, then?
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level 40
Nov 26, 2017
No. But apparently you were.
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level 71
Nov 27, 2017
That casts doubt on your assertion.
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level 56
Nov 26, 2017
To me, American is pertaining to the USA. I agree the terms North American, South American, and the Americas should be used.
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level 24
Nov 26, 2017
I misspelled Argentina
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level 13
Nov 27, 2017
I think Peru should be on the list
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level 71
Nov 28, 2017
Peru's coastline is pretty straight.
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level 52
Dec 2, 2017
Chile is gay
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level 12
Nov 28, 2017
I typed Venezuela, but it said I spelled it wrong. So I only got 9/10 :)
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level 40
Nov 28, 2017
Since you must ALWAYS have retort; try one that makes sense!
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level 71
Nov 29, 2017
If I don't obfuscate my insults in vague or oblique language, more often than not they get deleted. I apologize if this results in comments above your reading level. I'd tell you what I thought more directly if I didn't know it was just going to be censored.
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level 52
Dec 2, 2017
WHERE'S BOLIVIA?!?!?!?!?!
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