On this site, we will look at the whole world - more
precisely, the 7 continents. If, by the way, you were always
of the opinion that there are only 5 continents, you are not
wrong either: it only depends on which model you base your
How many continents are there now?
- If you are asked how many continents there are and
your answer is any number between four and seven, you
are definitely correct.
- The number of continents depends on the model on
which you base yourself. Different continents are simply
summarized in the four-seater model. Then there are only
four: Antarctica, America, Africa-Eurasia and Oceania.
- If you start from five continents, there are even
two variants: one includes Antarctica, America, Eurasia,
Africa and Oceania. The other does not see Antarctica as
a continent of its own and counts America, Europe, Asia,
Africa and Australia.
- With the six model, more is divided, again in two
variants: here either Antarctica, America, Europe, Asia,
Africa and Australia count as continents or else:
Antarctica, North America, South America, Eurasia,
Africa and Oceania.
- However, in this article, we'll look at the world
map of seven continents: Antarctica, North America,
South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
Continent number 1: the Antarctic
- Antarctica is the coldest of all parts of the world.
Temperatures here average 50 degrees below zero.
- Almost the entire Antarctic is covered by layers of
ice up to four kilometers thick - a not very inviting
climate. Therefore, apart from a few researchers, hardly
any people live there - and even they only inhabit the
small ice-free part of Antarctica.
- Since there are hardly any plants in Antarctica, the
local wildlife depends on food from the sea. Seals,
penguins and whales feel comfortable there, also because
they are not in competition with humans.
Continent 2: Australia
- The smallest and flattest continent lies like a
giant island in the sea.
- Until the first Europeans came in the 19th century,
only the aborigines lived in Australia. The Aborigines
live in harmony with nature and take care not to destroy
it. Many indigenous people have integrated into modern
society through assimilation.
- Today, about 20 million people live in Australia.
Among other things, the continent is famous for its
extraordinary wildlife: koalas and kangaroos are the
most prominent representatives.
Continent 3: Asia
- After the smallest follows the largest of all
continents: Asia. It makes up almost a third of the
total land area on earth.
- The continent is not only ahead in terms of area
size. It is also home to most people. Over 2.3 billion
people live in India and China. Chinese is the most
spoken language in the world.
- Asia still has an impressive superlative to offer,
because here is also the highest mountain on earth:
Mount Everest in the Himalayas.
Continent 4: Africa
- While Antarctica is the coldest continent, Africa is
ahead in terms of warmth thanks to its location on the
equator. The result is large desert areas such as the
- Our ancestors are said to have first appeared in
Africa about two million years ago. The continent is
therefore considered the cradle of humanity.
- Africa has a fascinating wildlife. Elephants,
rhinos, baboons, zebras and lions populate the
Continent 5: Europe
- Europe is a relatively small continent, but it is
densely populated. Europe currently consists of 46
sovereign states and over 100 different languages are
spoken. See full list of them on Countryaah.com.
- Europe is rich in ancient cultures, peoples and
landscapes. From Norway to Greece, from Portugal to
Russia - one continent and yet so different.
- Europe is connected to another continent: Asia. By
the way, Europe and Asia are the only continents that
are not separated by water - if you understand the
Panama Canal between North and South America as a water
Continent 6: North America
- America is divided into two continents: North and
- In North America you will encounter all of the
world's climate zones. From polar regions to desert
areas, everything is represented.
- North America is a continent of contrasts in other
respects too. On the one hand there is still untouched
nature, on the other huge metropolises such as New York
- Before the first European emigrants settled on the
continent in the 15th century, only indigenous people,
typically called Indians, lived in North America.
Continent 7: South America
- In contrast to North America, there are still
relatively many descendants of the indigenous people in
- The home of some of these Indians is the largest
jungle on earth, the rainforest.
- This rainforest produces so much oxygen with its
trees and plants that the area is also called "the green
lung of the earth".
- Half of all animal and plant species on earth live
in South America.