Comparison to EarthEdit
Regarding this edit, I can understand the desire to compare Lantea to Earth, but I don't think that edit does it very well. For one thing, saying "Like it is believed the Earth once was" is pretty vague. Who believes that Earth was once mainly covered with a large ocean? More impotently tough, Earth to this day is mainly covered with a large ocean. Earth is an ocean-planet, 70% of Earth's surface is ocean. I think something like this would be better, if we want to compare Lantea to Earth:
"Lantea is one of only two known planets in its solar system which has an atmosphere capable of sustaining human life. Like Earth, Lantea is mainly covered with a large ocean. Unlike Earth, it has only one known continent which covers roughly 15 million square miles, compared to Africa's 12 million square miles." Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) (Contribs) 09:00, June 22, 2015 (UTC)
- That sounds fine. Though we could also just revert the edit. In a broader since, it's not like we want to try to compare every planet mentioned on stargate to Earth. And all planets capable of supporting life are going to be inherently similar to Earth, with obvious dissimilarities. Unless perhaps the feature mentioned was relatively unique, like Abydos' and Earth's pyramids. Anubis 10545 (talk) (Contribs) 18:14, June 22, 2015 (UTC)
- At any rate, your paragraph there sounded pretty darn good, so I just shoved it in there. Anubis 10545 (talk) (Contribs) 20:05, June 22, 2015 (UTC)
- I'm the one who introduced the edit. See this link for what I'm talking about. 188.8.131.52 00:47, June 23, 2015 (UTC)
- That isn't so much Earth having a single ocean as it is Earth having a single continent. You could call the ocean on the west coast of Pangea and the ocean on the east coast of Pangea two separate oceans if you wanted to. You could call all the oceans of (present-day) Earth a single ocean if you wanted to (people do in fact, it's called the "world ocean" or simply "the ocean"). It's a matter of semantics, definitions, and context. Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) (Contribs) 11:02, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
- I don't like this edit. It completely removed the comparison to present day Earth. I don't object to comparing Lantea to Pangaea tough, that idea sounds good to me.
- Getting into the details of the edit, the bit about some people theorizing Pangea is probably unnecessary. The existence of Pangea is pretty much universally accepted, isn't it? As for the "beginning" bit, Pangaea was only formed 300 million years ago (according to Wikipedia), and Earth is billions of years old. As for the "entirely ocean" bit, might there be some islands on Lantea (or on Pangea-era Earth) outside the continent? Just because there's only one continent doesn't mean there aren't islands. Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) (Contribs) 23:58, June 28, 2015 (UTC)
- This whole pangea thing to me seems a bit beside the point; We're starting to include information that's relatively unrelated to the actual subject matter. Lantea's mainland has never been compared to Pangea on screen, and Pangea isn't a topic thoroughly discussed in stargate - it's all outside information written for the sake of perspective. The idea behind the original edit was simply to provide perspective in stating that Lantea has 1 giant ocean and 1 small continent. Lantea's surface (like Earth's) is primarily covered in ocean, and by comparing the size of Lantea's mainland to Africa, we get a sense of just how small it is.
- Given Pangea was far larger than the mainland, given we've seen no indication of the mainland breaking up in the future to form more continents, and given pangea was simply 1 of many configurations earth's landmasses have assumed in all its history, that particular comparison seems a bit unnecessary. The former edit pertaining only to ocean size and continent size seems to better suit the page, potentially. Anubis 10545 (talk) (Contribs) 05:29, June 29, 2015 (UTC)