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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 Edit

Grid Oceans

World map

In alphabetic order, the Linden owned continents:

  1. C005 - Corsica
  2. C008 - Gaeta 1
  3. C009 - Gaeta 5
  4. C002 - Heterocera
  5. C004 - Jeogeot
  6. C006 - Nautilus
  7. C011 - Premium East
  8. C012 - Premium South 1
  9. C013 - Premium South 2
  10. C014 - Premium South 3
  11. C001 - Sansara
  12. C007 - Satori
  13. C003 - Sharp Continent
  14. C010 - 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 Edit

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

  1. C015 - Blake Sea
  2. C016 - Caledon - Winterfel
  3. C030 - Crossing Sands
  4. C018 - Eden Continent
  5. C017 - Estate Continent
  6. C020 - Fairchang Continent
  7. C029 - Freedom Continent
  8. C026 - Mar Lesbiana
  9. C021 - Shopping Continent
  10. C023 - Uhre Continent
  11. C022 - 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 Edit

Main article - Vanished Grid Structures - in chronological order

  1. C019 - No Access Continent
  2. C024 - Irish - Bonaire
  3. C025 - Europe Continent
  4. C028 - Seductive Continent
  5. C027 - IGBC Continent

Comparation to Earth Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

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.

Also, a good way to find grid structures is to use List Of Grid Sectors.

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

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