Continents Of The World

Continents

The large land masses called continents.

There are seven continents:

  1. Asia

Asia is the largest of all continents. It lies mostly in the northern hemisphere. Pacific Ocean in the east, Arctic Ocean in the north and Indian Ocean in the south surrounded this landmass. Asia has rich cultural as well as physical diversity. It has highest point on the earth i.e. the Mount Everest in Nepal and the lowest point on land i.e. the Dead Sea near Jordan.

It has the world’s two most populous countries: India ,china.

Great civilizations have flourished along the banks of river Yangtze in china and the Indus and the Ganga in the Indian subcontinent. Is also has one of the hottest and the coldest deserts namely the tar and Gobi desert respectively.

  1. Africa

Africa is the second largest continent on earth. All the three important latitudes such as the tropic of cancer, the tropic of Capricorn and the equator pass through this continent. It is surrounded on all sides by water bodies- the Mediterranean Sea in the north, the Indian Ocean in the east, the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the southern ocean in the south.

  1. North America

North America lies in the entirely in the northern hemisphere. It is the third largest continent. It is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean in the east, the Pacific Ocean in the west and the Gulf of Mexico lies in the south. North America is connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama.

It has large number of mountain ranges such as the Appalachian Mountains along the east, the Rockies to the west, the Alaska and Mackenzie ranges to the north-west. The great plains lie in the central part. This continent is drained by many rivers such as Mississippi-Missouri and great lakes- superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario.

  1. South America

South America is the fourth largest continent and is connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama. It lies mostly in the southern hemisphere. It is surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean in the west, the South Atlantic Ocean in the east and the Caribbean Sea in the north.

Drake Passage separates this continent from Antarctica. It has got a triangular shape that tapers southwards. Prominent physical features include the Andes Mountains in the west, Guiana highlands in the north and Brazilian highlands in the east. The driest desert in the world called Atacama Desert lies along the west coast and the presence of the largest rainforest along the Amazon River shows how diverse this continent is.

  1. Antarctica

Antarctica is the fifth largest continent. It lies along the South Pole and is located within the Antarctic Circle region of the southern hemisphere. It is called the ‘white continent’ as it has got permanent snow cover or permafrost conditions throughout the year.

About 98 % of the land is covered with continent ice sheet. This continent has almost no wildlife except for the cold-adapted animals such as penguins, whales, etc. Antarctica is a large cold desert and does not belong to any country or countries.

  1. Europe

It is the sixth largest continent. It is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean in the north, the North Atlantic Ocean in Th e west and the Mediterranean Sea in the south. To the east lies the Asia continent separated by the Ural Mountains and the Caspian Sea.  Asia and Europe together are called ‘Eurasia’.

This continent is highly diverse. European landmass has old mountain ranges such as the Urals in Russia, the pennies in the Great Britain, the Scandinavian mountains in the north and young mountains such as Alps and Apennines.

Numerous rivers such as the seine, the Rhine, the Elbe flow through this plain making it highly fertile. The longest river in Europe is Volga.

  1. Australia

Australia is an island continent and a country located in the southern hemisphere. It is the smallest continent. This island is surrounded by water bodies on all sides, the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Indian Ocean to the west, the southern ocean to the south and the armature sea to its north.

Along with New Zealand and other islands of the [Pacific Ocean, it forms Australasia. This island is rich in mineral deposits such as iron, gold, uranium, bauxite etc.

Australia is famous for its outback. outback is a large desert like land area largely located in Western Australia.

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