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Supercontinents[ edit ] Aside from the conventionally known continents, the scope and meaning of the term continent varies. Supercontinentslargely in evidence earlier in the geological record, are landmasses that comprise more than one craton or continental core.
Subcontinents[ edit ] Certain parts of continents are recognized as subcontinents, especially the large peninsulas separated from the main continental landmass by geographical features.
The most notable examples are the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula. Where the Americas are viewed as a single continent Americait is divided into two subcontinents North America and South America    or three with Central America being the third.
Notable examples are Zealandiaemerging from the sea primarily in New Zealand and New Caledoniaand the almost completely submerged Kerguelen Plateau in the southern Indian Ocean.
Microcontinents[ edit ] Some islands lie on sections of continental crust that have rifted and drifted apart from a main continental landmass. While not considered continents because of their relatively small size, they may be considered microcontinents.
Madagascarthe largest example, is usually considered an island of Africa but has been referred to as "the eighth continent" from a biological perspective[ clarification needed ]. The Biodiversity Information Standards organization has developed the World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributionsused in many international plant databases.
This scheme divides the world into nine "botanical continents". Some match the traditional geographical continents, but some differ significantly. Asia Minor The first distinction between continents was made by ancient Greek mariners who gave the names Europe and Asia to the lands on either side of the waterways of the Aegean Seathe Dardanelles strait, the Sea of Marmarathe Bosporus strait and the Black Sea.
Division into three parts eventually came to predominate. Herodotus  in the 5th century BC, however, objected to the unity of Egypt being split into Asia and Africa "Libya" and took the boundary to lie along the western border of Egypt, regarding Egypt as part of Asia.
He also questioned the division into three of what is really a single landmass,  a debate that continues nearly two and a half millennia later. Eratosthenesin the 3rd century BC, noted that some geographers divided the continents by rivers the Nile and the Donthus considering them "islands".
Others divided the continents by isthmusescalling the continents "peninsulas". These latter geographers set the border between Europe and Asia at the isthmus between the Black Sea and the Caspian Seaand the border between Asia and Africa at the isthmus between the Red Sea and the mouth of Lake Bardawil on the Mediterranean Sea.
Through the Roman period and the Middle Agesa few writers took the Isthmus of Suez as the boundary between Asia and Africa, but most writers continued to consider it the Nile or the western border of Egypt Gibbon [ citation needed ].
In the Middle Ages, the world was usually portrayed on T and O mapswith the T representing the waters dividing the three continents. By the middle of the 18th century, "the fashion of dividing Asia and Africa at the Nile, or at the Great Catabathmus [the boundary between Egypt and Libya ] farther west, had even then scarcely passed away".
But despite four voyages to the Americas, Columbus never believed he had reached a new continent—he always thought it was part of Asia. After reaching the coast of Brazilthey sailed a long way further south along the coast of South Americaconfirming that this was a land of continental proportions and that it also extended much further south than Asia was known to.
Within a few years, the name "New World" began appearing as a name for South America on world maps, such as the Oliveriana Pesaro map of around — Maps of this time though, still showed North America connected to Asia and showed South America as a separate land. A small inset map above the main map explicitly showed for the first time the Americas being east of Asia and separated from Asia by an ocean, as opposed to just placing the Americas on the left end of the map and Asia on the right end.
The word continent[ edit ] From the 16th century the English noun continent was derived from the term continent land, meaning continuous or connected land  and translated from the Latin terra continens.
Thus Europe, Asia, and Africa is one great continent, as America is another. Hollandia Nova, map prepared by Joan Blaeu based on voyages by Abel Tasman and Willem Janszthis image shows a French edition of Beyond four continents[ edit ] From the late 18th century, some geographers started to regard North America and South America as two parts of the world, making five parts in total.
Overall though, the fourfold division prevailed well into the 19th century. By the late 18th century, some geographers considered it a continent in its own right, making it the sixth or fifth for those still taking America as a single continent.
However, it was still not uncommon for American atlases to treat them as one continent up until World War II. This section needs additional citations for verification.
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May Further information: Continental crust and Plate tectonics Geologists use the term continent in a different manner from geographers. In geology a continent is defined by continental crust: Some geologists restrict the term 'continent' to portions of the crust built around stable Precambrian "shield", typically 1.NEW ENCHANTMENT IS ALL ABOUT US.
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