A continental world map is available from Mapsofworld.com, and it shows the Earth split into seven continents. However, many geographers use different models to divide the continents.Continue Reading
The most common model splits the world into seven continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Antarctica. The model allows several factors to determine what separates landmasses into continents.
Another definition allows isthmuses, such as the Isthmus of Panama and the Isthmus of Suez, and large bodies of water to divide landmasses into continents. This model creates six continents by combining Europe and Asia into a single continent called Eurasia. This theory is popular among geographers in Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe.
Another definition describes continents as large landmasses that are disconnected from other large landmasses. Using this definition, Europe, Asia and Africa are often considered a single continent. This model also views North America and South America as a single continent. This leaves only four continents: Afro-Eurasia, America, Australia and Antarctica.
Some large areas of a continent may be on a different tectonic plate than the rest of the continent. These areas are known as subcontinents, and India and the Arabian Peninsula are well-known examples. In other situations, landmasses have drifted away from the main continent, forming an island. These areas, such as Madagascar, are known as microcontinents.Learn more about Maps & Cartography