Seen from space, the Earth appears to have four or five major land areas depending on your viewpoint. Nonetheless, we hold to the illusion there are other continents.
As we all Learn in elementary school, there are seven continents. A quick look at the world, however, reveals this basic assumption is just flat wrong. In particular, how can Europe be considered a continent when there is no clear division with Russia?
The surprise of many, the Arctic is not classified as a continent. Instead, it is divided between North America and Asia. Yes, Asia because Russia is considered as part of the model's seven continents. Here are the accepted seven continents in alphabetical order.
Undeniably, Africa is a continent by any definition. It is also the second largest as the size of the land, covering more than 11,700,000 square miles and makes 5.9 percent of the total surface of the Earth. As the size of the population, Africa is the second most populous continent with more than 840 million people.
Antarctica is also considered a continent, if very barren. 98 percent of Antarctica is covered ice and it is the only continent not be considered as a country is not claimed by another country.
Based on sheer size, Asia is the continent that is dominant in the world. It has a land area and are home to more than 60 percent of all men. Talk about traffic jams! In truth, the measurement in Asia may be somewhat misleading. Under the seven continent methodology, Asia extends over much of Russia, Mideast and even parts of Egypt.
Often referred to as the forgotten continent, Australia is the fourth continent. One is referred to as an island for a significant period of history, Australia is undoubtedly a continent. That being said, it is the smallest mainland with just over 4,000,000 square miles, but has a healthy population of over 20 million people.
Europe is also regarded as a continent, but there is little geographic evidence to support these claims. The continental designation is primarily political and historical developments. In spite of that, Europe covers an area of 4 million square miles, but heavily populated by more than eleven percent of the world's population at 705 million people.
North America is our next continent. Once again, we ran into the limits of practical problems. Using the seven continent methodology, North America extends to the North Pole as expected, but also deemed to include many cities in Central America. Total continent is 9.45 million square miles. 514 million people are estimated to live in North America.
End of our continent is South America. Covering 6.9 million square miles, South America covers 3.5 percent of the total surface of the Earth. With a population of 371 million people, it ranks as the fifth most populous nation.
Misleading nature of the seven continents theory to do with Europe. If the European countries are not such powerful entities through history, if we really consider it a continent? Impossible!