Video:How Many Continents Are There?with Matt Rosenberg
The number of continents, or large land masses, on earth is debatable. Learn the common six or seven continents commonly named.See Transcript
Transcript:How Many Continents Are There?
What Is a Continent?A continent is one of several major land masses on the earth. There is no standard definition for the number of continents but you will commonly find that the numbers six or seven are used.
Seven ContinentsBy most standards, there are seven continents - Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Most students in the United States are taught that there are seven continents.
European Division: Six ContinentsIn Europe and other parts of the world, many students are taught of six continents, where North and South America are combined to form a single continent of America. Thus, these six continents are Africa, America, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
Many scientists now refer to six continents, where Europe and Asia are combined (since they're one solid geologic landmass). So, these six continents are Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Eurasia, North America, and South America.
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