Earth's Seven Continents
Planet Earth is home to 7.3 billion people and over 1.5 million different species of animals, insects, and plants spread across 7 continents. Earth was not always comprised of seven continents. 175 million years ago the 7 continents were all connected into one supercontinent surrounded by a very large ocean. This supercontinent is known as Pangaea. It slowly began to break apart into 7 different pieces and drift into the positions we find them in the present. But, the continents are not at rest. They are always moving and over time will move and drift into entirely new continents over the next several hundred million years.
Today, we have seven continents on planet Earth surrounded by five oceans. Each of the seven continental land masses is diverse and distinctly unique with their own plants, animals, deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, cultures, and weather. A continent is larger than an island and is usually made up of multiple countries and span millions of square miles. The 7 continents of the world are North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Read more about Earth's Seven Continents in today’s Science Fun!
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