Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by LastStandingMan
I think I pinned the explanation for this in the first Australia out of place thread.
What it stems from is the fact that our first experience with Australia is elementary school worksheets that have very little detail and only portray the major continents. Basically they leave out the island nations between Autralia and Asia (Indonesia ect).
That is why it seems like a lot of blue. Becuase you worked worksheets that only had the continents and weren't detailed.
Originally posted by tpg47
To me your explanation is far from being " pinned" , but is in fact , just another opinion.edit on 9-1-2013 by tpg47 because: (no reason given)
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