Competing Concepts of Continents

R. Philip Bouchard
May 3, 2017 · 9 min read

“A continent is one of several very large landmasses on Earth. Generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, up to seven regions are commonly regarded as continents.”

In other words, while the concept of “continents” is based on a reality — that the surface of Earth includes several very large masses of land — the list of continents is a human creation that is rather malleable.

  1. Middle East
  2. Sub-Saharan Africa
  3. South Asia
  4. East Asia
  5. Anglo-America
  6. Latin America

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