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A continent is one of the main land masses of Earth (or of a planet--on the hypothesis that there are other planets with oceans and land masses similar to the Earth's).

A land mass larger than a continent is called a supercontinent. The classification of land masses as continents, supercontinents and islands is by enumeration: the following land masses are declared to be continents:

North America
South America

Continents are often combined with nearby islands to form regions of the same name: e.g., the British Isles are placed with Europe.

The Pacific islands and Australia are sometimes combined as Oceania.

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Last edited November 7, 2001 12:12 pm by Vicki Rosenzweig (diff)