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Division of the World

FDA Data Element Number. None.

CDER Data Element Number. C-GEO-00306

Data Element Name. Division of the World

Description. The seven major landmasses (continents) and nine special purpose groupings of water and islands which in an aggregation encompass the entire surface of earth.

Source. Defense Intelligence Management Document 65-18, Data Standard No. 3, Division of the World

Relationship.

FDA Specifications. None.

CDER Specifications. Division of the World will consist of an alphanumeric term with a maximum length of 240 characters, and an alphanumeric code of one character. It is stored in the reference table where the column_id = continent.

FDA Approved Date. None.

CDER Approved Date. November 14, 1997

FDA Revised Date.

CDER Revised Date.

Data Values.

NAME DEFINITION FDA CODE
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER INCLUDING ISLANDS AND ISLAND GROUPS EXTENDING FORM THE SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION (GENERALLY THE EQUATOR, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE GULF OF GUINEA, WHICH EXTENDS SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR) NORTHWARD TO THE SOURTHERN LIMITS OF THE NORWEGIAN SEA. THE LIMITS OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION INCLUDE THE SEAS LYING WITHIN IT. THIS INCLUDES BAFFIN BAY, KANE BASIN, NARES STRAIT, NORTH SEA, HUDSON BAY, GULF OF SAINT LAWRENCE, AND THE GULF OF MEXICO, BUT EXCLUDES THE GREAT LAKES, BALTIC SEA, AND THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA. THIS AGGREGATION ALSO INCLUDES THE CARIBBEAN SEA LESS THOSE LANDMASSES WHICH ARE PART OF NORTH AMERICA, BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ISLAND OF ICELAND. 1
SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER INCLUDING ISLANDS EXTENDING FROM ANTARCTICA NORTHWARD TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGRGEGATION (GENERALLY THE EQUATOR WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE GULF OF GUINEA (IG) WHICH EXTENDS SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR BUT IS INCLUDED IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION), SEPARATED FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION BY THE MERIDIAN OF CAPE HORN (68 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE) TO THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT, AND BORDERING THE INDIAN OCEAN AGGREGATION AT THE MERIDIAN OF CAPRE AGULHAS (20 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE) TO THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT. THE LIMITS OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION INCLUDE THE SEAS LYING WITHIN IT. 2
NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER INCLUDING ISLANDS, EXTENDING EAST TO THE WESTERN LIMITS OF THE COAST OF SOUTHWEST ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, AND THE REST OF THE AMERICAS; TO THE NORTH BY THE NORTHERN LIMITS OF THE BERING STRAIT AND THE GULF OF ALASKA; TO THE WEST BY THE EASTERLY LIMITS OF THE ASIAN COASTAL WATERS TO INCLUDE THE WESTERN LIMITS OF THE SEA OF OKHOTSK AND THE SEA OF JAPAN; AND ON THE SOUTH BY THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION (GENERALLY THE EQUATOR WITH THE EXCEPTION OF KIRIBATI AND GALAPAGOS ISLAND GROUPS, WHICH ARE INCLUDED ENTIRELY IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION, AND THE HALMAHERA (3H), MOLUCCA (3M), AND SOUTH CHINA (3U) SEAS, WHICH EXTEND SOUTH BY THE EQUATOR BUT ARE INCLUDED IN THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION). THE LIMIT OF THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION INCLUDE THE SEAS WITHIN IT. THE AGGREGATION EXCLUDES THE ISLAND LANDMASSES OF SRI LANKA, JAPAN, TAIWAN, PHILLIPINES, AND SUMATRA, WHICH ARE PART OF ASIA, AND HAWAII, WHICH IS PART OF NORTH AMERICA. 3
SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER INCLDUING THE ISLANDS BETWEEN THE AMERICAS AND ASIA, BOUNDED ON THE EAST BY THE WESTERN COAST OF SOUTH AMERICA AND THE MERIDIAN OF CAPE HORN IN SOUTH AMERICA TO ANTARCTICA; ON THE NORTH BY THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION (GENERALLY THE EQUATOR WITH THE EXCEPTION OF KIRIBATI AND GALAPAGOS ISLAND GROUPS, WHICH ARE INCLUDED ENTIRELY IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION, AND THE HALMAHERA (3H), MOLUCCA (3M), AND SOUTH CHINA (3U) SEAS, WHICH EXTEND SOUTH BY THE EQUATOR BUT ARE INCLUDED IN THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION); ON THE WEST BY THE WESTERN LIMITS OF THE ARAFURA, BANDA, FLORES,A ND BALI SEAS, AND THE SOUTH FROM SOUTHEAST CAPE (THE SOUTHERNMOST POINT OF TASMANIA) DOWN THE MERIDIAN TO THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT. THE LIMITS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AGGREGATION INCLUDE THE SEAS LYING WITHIN IT. THIS AGGREGATION EXCLUDES THE ISLAND LANDMASSES OF CELEBES, JAVA, TIMOR, AND THE EASTERN PART OF NEW GUINEA. 4
ARCTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER INCLUDING ISLANDS LOCATED NORTH OF 70 DEGREES NORTH LATITUDE, INCLUDING THE NORWEGIAN SEA, NORTHWEST PASSAGE, GREENLAND SEA, AND THE CHUKCHI SEA, BUT NOT INCLUDING BAFFIN BAY, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION. 5
INDIAN OCEAN AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER INCLUDING ISLANDS EXTENDING SOUTH FROM THE NORTHERN LIMITS OF THE ARABIAN SEA, BAY OF BENGAL, PERSIAN GULF, GULF OF ADEN, AND LACCADIVE SEA TO THE ANTARCTIC CONTINENT; WEST TO THE EASTERN COASTAL LIMITS OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AND THE SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATION AT THE MERIDIAN CAPE AGULHAS (20 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE) AS FAR SOUTH AS ANTARCTICA; AND EAST TO THE EASTERN LIMITS TO THE STRAIT OF MALACCA, JAVA SEA, BALI SEA, SAVU SEA, TIMOR SEA AND WESTERN COASTAL LIMITS OF THE ISLAND OF AUSTRALIA, TO SOUTHEASTERN CAPE (THE SOURTHERNMOST POINT OF TASMANIA--46 DEGREES EAST LONGITUDE) AND DOWN THE MERIDIAN TO ANTARCTICA. THE LIMITS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN AGGREGATION INCLUDE THE SEAS LYING WITHIN IT TO INCLUDE THE RED SEA BETWEEN ASIA AND AFRICA. 6
BALTIC SEA AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER INCLUDING ISLANDS BORDERING THE COASTS OF DENMARK, SWEDEN, FINLAND, RUSSIA, ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND, AND GERMANY, WHICH INCLUDES THE WATER AREAS OF THE LILLEBAELT, STOREBAELT, AND THE SOUND. THE WATER BODY EXTENDS WEST FROM THE SKAGERRAK, NEAR THE NORTH SEA, TO A LINE JOINING THE NORTHERMOST POINT OF DENMARK AND THE ISLAND OF TJORN. 7
MEDITERRANEAN SEA AGGREGATION BODY OF WATER, INCLUDING ISLANDS, EXTENDING BETWEEN AFRICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA, INCLUDING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, BLACK SEA, CASPIAN SEA, AND ARAL SEA. EXTENDS EAST FROM THE WESTERNMOST POINT OF GIBRALTAR, ALONG THE COASTLINES OR AFRICA AND EUROPE TO THE DARDANELLES (AS FAR AS A LINE BETWEEN KUMKALE BURNU AND ILYAS BURNU IN THE DARDANELLES), TO THE COASTAL LIMITS OF THE WATER AREA IN THE SEAS OF AZOV AND MARMARA BETWEEN ASIA AND EUROPE. INCLUDES THE CASPIAN SEA EXTENDING NORTH FROM IRAN TO AZERBAIJAN, RUSSIA, KAZAKHSTAN, AND TURMENISTAN IN WESTERN ASIA, AND THE ARAL SEA LOCATED WEST OF THE CASPIAN SEA IN THE WESTERN PART OF ASIA, WITH BORDERS BETWEEN KAZAKHSTAN AND UZBEKISTAN. THE LIMITS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA AGGREGATION INCLUDE ALL SEAS LYING WITHIN THE BODIES OF WATER MENTIONED ABOVE. 8
GREAT LAKES AGGREGATION CHAIN OF FIVE LAKESAND SEAWAY LOCATED WITHIN THE LAND OF NORTH AMERICA ON THE CANADIAN-U.S. BORDER OR ENTIRELY WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. INCLUDES AND EXTENDS TO THE SAINT LAWRENCE SEAWAY, BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE GULF OF SAINT LAWRENCE. 9
ASIA LANDMASS EXTENDING EAST OF THE URAL MOUNTAINS IN RUSSIA, THE EASTERN SHORES OF THE RED SEA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, TO THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN; NORTH TO LAND=S END AT THE ARCTIC OCEAN, INCLUDING THE LAND AREAS IN THE ARCTIC COASTAL REGIONS OF THE KARA AND LAPTEV SEAS; AND SOUTH TO THE COASTAL REGIONS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN. THE CONTINENT INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF SRI LANKA, JAPAN, TAIWAN, PHILLIPINES, SUMATRA, JAVA, AND THE WESTERN PART OF THE ISLAND OF NEW GUINEA TO THE ASIAN MAINLAND. A
EUROPE LANDMASS BETWEEN ASIA AND NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN EXTENDING FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS TO NORTHERNMOST NORWAY, INCLUDING NORDKAPP; WEST TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND EAST TO THE URAL MOUNTAINS IN RUSSIA. INCLUDES THE NORTH SEA ISLANDS, IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND THE PORTION OF TURKEY NORTHWEST OF THE SEA OF MARMARA. E
AFRICA A CONTINENT BETWEEN THE INDIAN AND ATLANTIC OCEANS, EXTENDING NORTH FROM THE INDIAN AND SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN AGGREGATIONS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA AGGREGATION, AND TO THE ASIAN CONTINENT AT THE WESTERN SHORES OF THE SINAI PENINSULA. F
NORTH AMERICA CONTINENT BETWEEN NORTH ATLANTIC AND NORTH PACIFIC OCEANS EXTENDING SOUTH TO THE PANAMA- COLUMBIA BORDER, AND EXTENDING NORTHWARD TO THE ARCTIC OCEAN. INCLUDES THE GREATER AND LESSER ANTILLES AND CARIBBEAN ISLANDS, ISLANDS OF THE WEST INDIES, GREENLAND, NEW FOUNDLAND, AND THE U.S. STATES OF ALASKA AND HAWAII. N
SOUTH AMERICA CONTINENT IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE EXTENDING NORTH FROM CAPE HORN TO THE PANAMA-COLUMBIA BORDER; WEST TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN, AND EAST TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. S
ANTARCTIC AREA CONTINENT IN THE AREA OF THE SOUTH POLE LARGELY WITHIN THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE. INCLUDES ALL LANDMASSES WITHIN THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE PLUS THE REMAINDER OF THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA WITH ITS ADJACENT ISLANDS. T
AUSTRALIAN AREA ISLAND CONTINENT IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE BOUNDED ON THE SOUTH AND WEST BY THE INDIAN OCEAN, AND ON THE EAST AND NORTH BY THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN. INCLUDES ISLANDS OF AUSTRALIA, TASMANIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE ISLAND OF NEW GUINEA. U
WORLDWIDE THIS DATA ITEM WILL BE USED WHEN INFORMATION IS PRIMARILY OF A WORLDWIDE NATURE, OR HAS A WORLDWIDE APPLICATION.