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List of Continents in the World

continent is one of several very large landmasses. Generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, up to seven regions are commonly regarded as continents. Ordered from largest in area to smallest, these seven regions are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. Variations with fewer continents may merge some of these, for example some systems include Eurasia or America as single continents.

Geologically, the continents correspond to areas of continental crust that are found on the continental plates, but include continental fragments such as Madagascar that are not commonly referred to as continents. Some geological continents are largely covered with water, such as Zealandia. Continental crust is only known to exist on Earth.

Oceanic islands are frequently grouped with a neighbouring continent to divide all the world’s land into regions. Under this scheme, most of the island countries and territories in the Pacific Ocean are grouped together with the continent of Australia to form a region called Oceania.

# Continent Area (km²) Percent
Population Percent
total pop.
Most populous
1 Asia 44,579,000 29.5% 4,545,133,000 59.5% Shanghai, China
2 Africa 30,370,000 20.4% 1,287,920,000 16.9% Lagos, Nigeria
3 North America 24,709,000 16.5% 587,615,000 7.7% Mexico City, Mexico
4 South America 17,840,000 12.0% 428,240,000 5.6% São Paulo, Brazil
5 Antarctica 14,000,000 9.2% 4,490 0.0% McMurdo Station
6 Europe 10,180,000 6.8% 742,648,000 9.7% Moscow, Russia
7 Australia/Oceania 8,600,000 5.9% 41,261,000 0.5% Sydney, Australia


Source: Wikipedia

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