Continent

Updated: 2017-03-27.

Continents, in geography, are the large landmasses that the world is divided into. By convention, it is generally-accepted that there are seven continents, though geographers and others have different definitions as to what constitutes one.

The continents are (generally accepted to be), from largest to smallest: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

See also our subcontinent definition, as well as our article, How many continents are there?

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