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Facts about Continents of the World

There are seven continents and five oceans on our planet. The continents are the huge landmasses that separated by the waters of the oceans. On this page we will tell you more about the continents, about their sizes and special features.

Asia

1. Biggest continent in the world
2. It covers 8.6% of Earth total surface
3. It covers 29.4% of Earth land surface
4. It contains more than 60% of population in the world, which is around 4 billion
5. It is part of the land mass of Eurasia
6. It is bounded on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Indian Ocean, and on the north by the Arctic Ocean, and on the west by 

Europe.

7. Asia is divided into North, South, East, Southeast, West (more commonly known Middle East), Central
8. Asia has the third largest nominal GDP of all continents, after North America and Europe
9. Japan has had the largest economy in Asia and second-largest of any single nation in the world
10. The highest mountain Mt Everest is in Asia

Africa

1. Second largest continent on Earth
2. It covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area
3. It covers 20.4% of the total land area
4. It accounts for about 14.2% of the world's human population
5. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
6. There are 46 countries including Madagascar, and 53 including all the island groups.
7. Africa is widely regarded within the scientific community to be the origin of humans and the Hominidae tree (great apes)
8. Africa is the largest of the three great southward projections from the main mass of the Earth's exposed surface.
9. The African Union (AU) is a federation consisting of all of Africa's states except Morocco.
10. The largest desert, Sahara desert, is in Africa

North America

1. It is the third largest continent in the world
2. It is a continent in the Earth's northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere.
3. It covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 sq mi)
4. It covers about 4.8% of the planet's surface
5. It covers about 16.5% of its land area.
6. Its population was estimated at nearly 524 million people
7. Christopher Columbus discovered North America
8. The vast majority of North America is on the North American Plate.
9. North America is often divided into subregions but no universally accepted divisions exist.
10. Economically, Canada and the United States are the wealthiest and most developed nations in the continent

South America1. South America is a continent occupying the southern part of the supercontinent of America.
2. It is the fourth largest continent in the world
3. It is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean. North America and the Caribbean Sea lie to the northwest.
4. South America was named in 1507 by cartographers Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann after Amerigo Vespucci, who was the first European to suggest that the Americas were not the East Indies, but a New World unknown to Europeans.
5. South America has an area of 17,840,000 square kilometers (6,890,000 sq mi)
6. It covers almost 3.5% of the Earth's surface
7. It is fifth most populated continent
8. South America is home to the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela
9. the largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest is in South America
10. the highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia is in South America

Antarctica1. Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, overlying the South Pole
2. 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice
3. The average in thickness is at least 1.6 kilometres (1.0 mi)
4. Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent,
5. It has the highest average elevation of all the continents
6. The name Antarctica is a romanized version of the Greek compound word Αntarktiké (Aνταρκτική), meaning "Opposite of the Arctic".
7. The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by twelve countries
8. To date, forty-six countries have signed the treaty.
9. It is situated in the southern hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean.
10. It was believed to be once a place that is suitable for living.

Europe1. It is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia
2. It is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, to the southeast by the Caucasus Mountains, the Black Sea and the waterways connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
3. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent
4. It covers about 10,180,000 square kilometres (3,930,000 sq mi)
5. It covers 2% of the Earth's surface
6. It covers about 6.8% of the planet's total land area.
7. Of all European countries, Russia is the largest in area
8. The Vatican is the smallest country in area
9. Europe's borders and population are in dispute
10. It hosts a large number of sovereign states (ca. 50)

Australia Asia1. Australasia is a region of Oceania: New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean.
2. It is the smallest continent
3. Geopolitically, Australasia is sometimes used as a term for New Zealand and Australia together
4. In the past, Australasia has been used as a name for combined Australia/New Zealand sporting teams.
5. It is also distinct from Micronesia (to the northeast).
6. It is in southern hemisphere
7. The Australian mainland has been inhabited for more than 42,000 years by indigenous Australians.
8. Australia is the sixth biggest country
9. The islands are in Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean
10. Australia has six states, two major mainland territories, and other minor territories.

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