Map showing the different continents in light shades of color for a total of seven continents.

Geography Facts about the World’s Continents

Caitlin Dempsey

Continents are defined as the largest continuous landmasses on earth.

The Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA).

The Highest Continent

Caitlin Dempsey

"The land of snow and ice" is the highest continent on Earth.

Zealandia: the World’s 8th Continent

Elizabeth Borneman

As it turns out, we might have one more continent to add to Earth’s collection. The continent, dubbed Zealandia, is composed of nearly 5 million square kilometers of land including New Zealand and New Caledonia and is mostly underwater.

Rooster from Twelve Animals by Kentaro Nagai

Turning the Continents of the World into Animals

Caitlin Dempsey

Kentaro Nagai continues the tradition of envisioning"maps as animals" and reworks the continents as part of his artistic piece from 2007 entitled, "The Twelve Animals."

Which Continent Lies in All Four Hemispheres?

Caitlin Dempsey

While several of the world's continents are traversed by the separation between two hemispheres, there is only one continent in the world that lies in all four hemispheres: Africa.

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