Color-coded map showing the various continents. Similar shades exhibit areas that may be consolidated or subdivided.
|North America||South America||Antarctica||Africa||Europe||Asia||Australia|
|North America||South America||Antarctica||Africa||Eurasia||Australia|
Australia – the continent that started this whole discussion seems to hold only Australia by itself if you go by Model 1 (7 continents) – the model I learnt growing up and one which is based on the logic of dividing continents by continental shelf. So the logical question is what happens to New Zealand? It turns out that this belongs to the continent of Zealandia (because it is in a different continental shelf). But, wait a second, where is Zealandia?, you ask. Unfortunately, Zealandia is a submerged continent, so you cannot see it. Convenient, eh!
So it appears the concept of continent is different depending on which continent you are from 🙂
“The seven-continent model is usually taught in Western Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Southeastern Europe, China and most English-speaking countries. The six-continent combined-Eurasia model is preferred by the geographic community, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Japan. The six-continent combined-America model is taught in Latin America, and some parts of Europe including Greece, Portugal and Spain. This model may be taught to include only the five inhabited continents (excluding Antarctica)”