The World Continent map shows seven continents, but there are other models that show six continents, five continents, or four continents, created by considering certain continents one entity rather than two entities.
In terms of area, Asia leads the continents in size, followed by Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.
Division of ContinentsThe Isthmus of Suez connects the continents of Asia and Africa, the Isthmus of Panama joins North and South America. Comparing to the area of landmasses that these isthmuses join, both of those are quite narrow.
No isthmus or sea separates Asia from Europe, which explains reasoning behind the concept of Eurasia, that is Europe and Asia as a single continent. This is one of the six-continent models of the world. This view, held by some geographers, is generally only popular in Russia, some Eastern European countries and Japan.
The continents of North America and South America are usually considered separate continents, though earlier in history, they were viewed as single continents and were known collectively as America. Even today, some countries in South America consider the two to be one continent.
Another theory relating to the division of continents came as the four-continent model. In this model, continents are defined as discrete landmasses. According to the theory Asia, Europe and Africa form a single continent called Afro-Eurasia, and the total number of continents becomes four: Afro-Eurasia, America, Antarctica, and Australia.
|7 Continents||North America||South America||Antarctica||Africa||Europe||Asia||Australia|
|6 Continents||North America||South America||Antarctica||Africa||Eurasia||Australia|
|Continent||Area(km²)||Approx. population 2008||DensityPeople (per km²)|
|Oceans in the World|
|1||Pacific Ocean||Separates Oceania and Asia from the Americas|
|2||Atlantic Ocean||Separates the Eurasia and Africa from Americas|
|3||Indian Ocean||Spreaded upon southern Asia and separates Africa and Australia|
|4||Southern Ocean||It encircles Antarctica, considered an extension of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans|
|5||Arctic Ocean||A sea of the Atlantic, which washes upon northern North America & Eurasia and covers much of the Arctic|
Other continental divisions include supercontinents and subcontinents.
The term supercontinent is used to describe the landmasses with more than one craton or continental core. The examples are Columbia, Gondwana, Kenorland, Laurasia, Pangaea, and Rodinia. Eurasia is a contemporary example of a supercontinent.
Some parts of a continent may fall on different tectonic plates from the rest. These are known as subcontinents. The Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula are some of the best examples of subcontinents.
Submerged continents are areas of continental crust that are mostly covered by the sea. One notable example is Zealandia, which is under the sea in New Caledonia and New Zealand.
There are a number of islands located on sections of continental crust that have drifted away from the main landmass. These are too small to be considered continents, so they are referred to as microcontinents. Madagascar is the largest example of microcontinent.
Following are some useful information on Asia:
|Pop. density||89/km2 (226/sq mi)|
|Time Zones||UTC+2 to UTC+12|
The second largest continent that you would find in a world continent map is the Africa. It is also the second most populous continent in the world after Asia. The continent is bordered by the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to the northeast, Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Africa has 53 countries excluding the disputed territory in the Western Sahara. It also has a number of island groups. Know More...
Following are some of the useful information about Africa:
|Pop. density||30.51/km2(about 80/sq mi)|
|Time Zones||UTC-1 to UTC+4|
Following are some of the useful information on North America:
|Population||528,720,588 (July 2008 est.)|
|Pop. density||22.9/km2 (59.3/sq mi)|
|Time Zones||UTC-10 to UTC|
Following are some of the useful information on South America:
|Area||17,840,000 km2 (6,890,000 sq mi)|
|Pop. density||21.4 per km2 (55.4 per sq mi)|
|Time Zones||UTC-2 to UTC-5|
Following are some useful information on Antarctica:
|Area (Overall)||14,000,000km2 (5,405,428 sq mi)|
|(ice-free)||280,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi)|
|(ice-covered)||13,720,000 km2 (5,300,000 sq mi)|
Following are some useful information on Europe:
|Area||10,180,000 km2 (3,930,000 sq mi)|
|Pop. density||70/km2 (181/sq mi)|
|Time Zones||UTC to UTC+5|
Following are some useful information on Australia:
|Countries||Australia, Papua New Guinea, and portions of Indonesia|
|Time Zones||GMT+10, GMT+9.30, GMT+8|
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Last updated On: Aug 1, 2012