Continent

A continent is one of several very large landmasses on Earth. They are generally identified by convention rather than any strict criteria, with seven regions commonly regarded as continents—they are (from largest in size to smallest): Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

Plate tectonics is the geological process and study of the movement, collision and division of continents, earlier known as continental drift.

Read more about Continent:  Definitions and Application, Area and Population, Highest and Lowest Points, Other Divisions, Geology

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Continent - Geology
... Plate tectonics Geologists use the term continent in a different manner from geographers, where a continent is defined by continental crust a platform of metamorphic and ... Some geologists restrict the term 'continent' to portions of the crust built around stable Precambrian "shield", typically 1.5 to 3.8 billion years old ... The margins of geologic continents are characterized by currently active or relatively recently active mobile belts and deep troughs of accumulated marine or deltaic sediments ...
Continent-ocean Boundary
... The Continent-ocean boundary (COB) or continent-ocean transition is the boundary between continental crust and oceanic crust on a passive margin ... The identification of continent-ocean boundaries is important in the definition of plate boundaries at the time of break-up when trying to reconstruct the geometry and position of ancient continents e ...
List Of Historical Countries And Empires Spanning More Than One Continent
... instances of nations covering land on two or more continents, including islands associated with a continent other than the one where the nation was based ... occurrence with the number of continents covered in parentheses and the nation's primary continent listed first ...
Maritime Continent
... Maritime Continent is the name given primarily by meteorologists to the region of Southeast Asia which comprises many islands, peninsulas and shallow seas ... The name combines the terms maritime and continent normally used as opposites in the description of climate ...
Shanhai Yudi Quantu - Description - Magallania
... This transliterates the name "Magallanica", a name given to the prospective continent at the time in honor of Ferdinand Magellan, who had crossed past ... The map notes how little is known about this continent – "Few have reached these southern regions ...

Famous quotes containing the word continent:

    In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.
    Rebecca West (1892–1983)

    Purity of race does not exist. Europe is a continent of energetic mongrels.
    —H.A.L. (Herbert Albert Laurens)

    Being human signifies, for each one of us, belonging to a class, a society, a country, a continent and a civilization; and for us European earth-dwellers, the adventure played out in the heart of the New World signifies in the first place that it was not our world and that we bear responsibility for the crime of its destruction.
    Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908)