The Earth has seven very large areas of land that are called called continents. They are, from the largest to the smallest: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. Islands are usually are usually considered to be part of the nearest continent.
North America and South America are treated as separate continents, but they can also be thought of as a single unit called “America,” or “the Americas.”
Asia is not only the largest continent by areas, but it’s also the continent with the most people (over 4.5 billion). Antarctica is the continent with the fewest people (About 1,000 people, mostly scientists, live there during the winter months; in summertime, the population grows to about 5,000).
Fun Fact: Over half the world’s population lives on a single continent: Asia.
Fun Fact: Russia, which is the largest country in the world, is so big that it is on two continents. About 75% of the Russian population lives in the European continent. On the other hand, 75% of Russian territory is located in Asia.
Fun Fact: Africa is the continent that has the most countries. There are 54 countries on the African continent..
Fun Fact: Europe houses the two smallest countries in the world: Vatican City (which is located inside Rome, Italy) and Monaco (which is bordered on three sides by France).
Fun Fact: Antarctica is almost completely covered by ice. In fact, Antarctica holds about 60% to 70% of the world’s freshwater which is frozen solid in the world’s thickest ice sheet.
More About the 7 Continents
It’s a Fact: Asia has 30% of world’s land area and 60% of the world’s population
It’s a Fact: Asia is home to the 10 highest mountain peaks in the world. The highest of those mountains is Mount Everest.
It’s a Fact: Africa is home to the Sahara Desert, the biggest desert in the world.
It’s a Fact: The Australian continent has only one country, which is Australia itself. It lies entirely south of the equator and is called “The Land Down Under.”
It’s a Fact: Most of the countries of Europe use a single currency called the Euro.
Quotes About Nature and Planet Earth
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
“The landscape belongs to the man who looks at it.”
Henry David Throeau
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters.”
“Dear old world…You are very lovely, And I am glad to be alive in you.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery