Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 1 month ago

Why is Long Island considered a part of Mainland USA but not Hawaii?

Same goes for all the other islands, Padre Island, the Florida Keys, Nantucket, Galveston, etc.

They are NOT part of the mainland USA, they are all islands I stand uncontested

9 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Autos and rail cars can go to and from Long Island.  Try that by driving to Hawaii.

  • 1 month ago

    Mainland USA is 49 states that are on the North American continent.    It does not matter if parts of them are islands.    Continental USA is 48 states and does not include Alaska.   It is a military designation as both Hawaii and Alaska were at one time NOT states and were considered remote assignments.     Hawaii is thousands of miles away and is not part of any continent.  

  • D g
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Long Island is in the Atlantic ocean area Hawaii is 3000 miles or more in the Pacific ocean seems pretty obvious to someone with half a brain 

    There is a 200 mile limit generally any land of a country owns 200 miles outside of the coast that usually includes island 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Your headline question almost seems to be asking why Long Island is not part of Hawaii!  Be careful how you word questions - the error might not be so obvious next time.

    No, you do not stand 'uncontested', you stand very much contested.  I think you mean "I stand defiant", which is, of course, your right.

    Hawaii is a long way from mainland USA, the other islands are very close to the mainland, so are not really thought of as separate.  Nobody could ignore the separation of Hawaii.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's all about the telephone lines.  Back in the 1920's there were undersea cables which were super expensive so if you made a call using undersea cables it was considered "intercontinental" and you had to pay an extra fee but you don't need undersea cables for Long Island so that was just billed as a regular call to the mainland US.  

  • 1 month ago

    They are within the limits of the continental shelf and either were once connected to land but only have a shallow cover of seawater now separating then from "mainland" or they would be connected if sea level dropped slightly.  Also, there is typically continuity in bedrock and overburden composition that links the two separate locations as subsidiary parts of a greater whole.

    Long Island is only an island because of the East River anyway, so does not actually fit the same argument that you might make for Block Island to its north, say, or the Keys, as you point out.  At least Block Island and the Keys are surrounded by ocean in all directions.

  • Phil
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Do you really think Hawaii should be counted as part of mainland USA ?

    Long Island is part of North America and Hawaii is not part of any continent.

  • 1 month ago

    A continental shelf is a portion of a continent that is submerged under an area of relatively shallow water known as a shelf sea.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    One simple reason:   DISTANCE.

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