List Of Continents

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The Second Life main grid is composed of isolated sims (islands), groups of sims and continents. A continent is a group of more then 30 sims (see Continent for more details). What doesn't match this definition is a Subcontinent, a Microcontinent, a Sim Group or a Sim Cluster. Other structures might be refered as Unassociated Sims or Isolated Sim. Different autors have found a different number of continents. It is also important to remember that every day about 20 new sims are created, moved or changed their names (see [1] for more info). So, the shapes and even the numbers of continents might change in time. An older map can be found at this link: [2]

Mainland continents

Map of all continents

In alphabetic order, the Linden owned continents:

1. Corsica

2. Gaeta 1

3. Gaeta 5

4. Heterocera

5. Jeogeot

6. Nautilus

7. Premium East (see Premium Continents)

8. Premium South 1

9. Premium south 2

10. Premium south 3

11. Sansara

12. Satori

13. Sharp Continent

14. Zindra

Notes:

  1. Nautilus and Satori are linked together and form a megacontinent (like Euroasia in real world).
  2. Blake Sea has more private-owned sims then mainland sims, so it was moved to private continents.
  3. There are private-owned sims in Eastern Sansara (Islands) and Nautilus (Seychelles).
  4. Many mainland continents are linked with a Transcontinental Channels, like Sansara-Heterocera, Nautilus-Blake Sea, the two Corsica-Nautilus passages and Corsica-Gaeta 5.

These continents can be clasified in 3 distinct groups: 1st generation (the oldest, with the most interesting Geographic features: Sansara, Heterocera and Sharp Continent), 2nd generation (the group in East: Nautilus, Satori, Corsica and the 2 Gaetas) and 3rd generation (Zindra and the Premium Continents). Jeogeot is something between generations 1 and 2.

Private continents

In alphabetic order, these continents were identified in November 2013:

1. Blake Sea

2. Caledon - Winterfel

3. Eden

4. Estate Continent

5. Europe Continent

6. Fairchang

7. IGBC Continent

8. Mar Lesbiana

9. Seductive

10. Shopping Continent

11. Uhre Continent

12. Wild West

Notes:

  1. Private continents sometimes have multiple names, depending on who made their maps.
  2. The private continents can be divided in two main groups: Tropical Beach Paradise (Blake Sea, Eden, Estate - only parts of it, Fairchang, Irish-Bonaire, IGBC, Mar Lesbiana) and not tropical (part of Estate Continent, Shopping Continent, Wild West, Uhre continent).
  3. Only Estate Continent, Shopping Continent and Wild West have a large piece of dryland, all the others are formed of sea and islands.

Vanished continents

No Access Continent existed until July 2013. It had the shape of a square with a void middle and had a large visible road. It had between 30 and 37 sims. Since access was restricted, no images from its surface and no surveys could be made.

Irish - Bonaire was a continent that existed until August 4th 2014. It broke into small pieces, being renamed Nonaire Sim Cluster and received designation name A231.

Comparation to Earth

The position of Second Life mainland continents is a bit similar to that of the continents on Earth, but in mirror. The old world (Europe, Asia and Africa) form a group and the new world (the two Americas) form another block. Sansara and Heterocera form together a group and they are linked together with a tiny channel. They are in fact the old world of Second Life. Jeogeot is in South and was the third continent. It might be considered like Africa. The new world might be considered the Gaeta 1, Nautilus, Corsica, Blake Sea and Satori, only that they are in East, not in West. Satori looks a bit like South America and the South islands of Nautilus might look like Central America with its islands.

Statistics

The following table shows size (in sims) and maximum height of each continent, in alphabetic order:

Continent Maximum Altitude Size in sims
Blake Sea 40 - 50 121
Caledon - Winterfel 50 - 60 60
Corsica 163 948
Eden 81 147
Estate Continent 94 147
Fairchang 20 - 40 35
Gaeta 1 100 141
Gaeta 5 168 385
Heterocera 389 431
IGBC Continent 40 - 60 37
Jeogeot 160 775
Mar Lesbiana 65 39
Nautilus 160 - 170 864
Premium East 156 355
Premium South 1 60 188
Premium South 2 156 308
Premium South 3 156 310
Sansara 315 981
Satori 128 709
Seductive 39 30
Sharp Continent 350 63
Shopping Continent 34 32
Uhre Continent over 130 39
Wild West 79 32
Zindra 100 - 120 348

Oceans

Many private sims are not linked in large groups to form a continent. The majority are isolated sims, while some of them form larger islands, with 2 to 29 sims. Even if they form important features on our map, the oceans containing these sims are not named in an official way. See Oceans for more info.

Groups of sims smaller then a continent are listed in List Of Microcontinents And Sim Clusters.

Additional information can be found at Second Life Geography and Grid Map And Dimensions