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What is a Continent?

A continent is generally defined as a vast landmass differentiated by oceans from other landmasses. The landmass of the Earth is made up of seven continents. Some, like a giant island, are totally surrounded by water, while others are connected and divided only by an arbitrary line. There are many countries on some continents, but just a few on others. The sizes of continents differ significantly; Asia is more than five times the size of Australia.

Formation of Continents

The forming of continents takes a long time, millions of years are needed. The lithosphere's various plates shift at a rate of 3 to 20 cm (1 to 8 inches) each year relative to each other. The forces that trigger continents to travel around the Earth's surface are still unidentified.

7 Continents of the World

There are 7 continents in total on earth. Here is the list of those 7 continents:

  1. Asia

  2. Africa 

  3. North America

  4. South America

  5. Antarctica

  6. Europe

  7. Australia

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Asia is the world's largest continent, occupying one-third of the planet's surface. Asia is not only the largest continent in terms of land area, but it also has the most inhabitants. This is where half of the world's population exists. This continent includes the world's two most populated nations, China and India. It is the birthplace of many faiths, including Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism.


Africa is the world's second most populated continent. It is the birthplace of the Nile, the world's longest river. The Sahara, the world's biggest desert, is also located in Africa. Since the equator runs across the centre of Africa, it gets direct sunshine all year. Ethiopia, the world's hottest region, is located in Africa.

North America

North America is the only continent with any climate imaginable: tropical, desert, continental, moderate, and polar. In North America, there are a total of five time zones. The population of North America is about double that of Europe. One of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, is the world's largest freshwater lake. It is situated on the United States-Canada border.

South America

The Amazon River, the world's largest river by size, is located in South America. The anaconda, one of the world's largest snakes, is also present in South America. South America is home to two of the world's tallest volcanoes. Brazil, a South American country, is the world's largest coffee producer.


In the summer, Antarctica occupies nearly 14.2 million square kilometres. Owing to the vast volume of sea ice that develops around its periphery during the winter months, it almost doubles in size. Antarctica is the world's driest, windiest, emptiest, and coldest continent. Antarctica is home to almost 75% of the world's glaciers. The thickness of the ice is estimated to be up to 4 kilometres. 


There are no deserts in Europe, making it the only continent without it. Europe was the central focus of both World Wars. Europe is host to the Vatican City, the world's tiniest country.  The Euro is a single currency used by the majority of European countries. There are 44 countries in Europe. The most populous country in Europe is Germany, while most populous cities are London and Paris.


The biggest island in Australia. It is referred to as the "Island Continent." Australia is also the world's smallest continent. In contrast to Asia, that's a drop in the bucket. There is only one nation in Australia, and that is Australia! It is known as "The Land Down Under" because it is completely south of the equator.

Solved questions

1. Which is the Biggest Continent in the World?

Ans: Asia is the world's largest continent in terms of area. It occupies an area of 44,614,000 square kilometres.

2. Which is the Smallest Continent in the World?

Ans: The continent of Australia is the world's smallest in terms of land area. It occupies a total area of 7,686,884 square kilometres.

3. The Equator Moves Through How Many Continents?

Ans: South America, Africa, and Asia are all passed by the equator.

Fun Facts

  • Africa is the second-largest continent.

  • While Europe is regarded as the wealthiest and richest continent, there are poor regions, especially in the continent's eastern regions as well.

  • There are a total of five-time zones in North America

  • Asia is the largest continent, it covers one-third of the earth’s surface.

FAQs on Continent

1. What is One of the Most Interesting Features of Australia?

Ans. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia's most intriguing attractions. It is the world's largest coral reef system, and it is situated in Queensland, Australia. It is made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 separate islands that extend over 2,300 kilometres – about the same size as a trip from Miami to Boston.

2. What is the Most Diverse Continent?

Ans. North America is the most diverse country since it is the world's third-largest continent, it has 23 different countries such as Canada, the USA, and Mexico, it has a mixture of temperatures from very cold to very hot, 6 different currencies are used by the 7 countries of Central America. In North America, 100 languages other than English or Spanish are spoken and there are nearly 965 species of mammals on the continent.