Inspired by a discussion about Australia’s classification as a continent, island, or both between Ilsa_Lund, Go You Big Red Fire Engine, and myself in the I once mistakenly believed … thread, I am curious as to how people classify the continents.
In American geography, there are normally seven, those being: both Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antartica but it’s not uncommon for there to be six with Eurasia being considered one instead of two. I’ve also read that it’s not uncommon for Europeans to consider the Americas to be one continent as well so it seems “seven, sometimes six” is the norm there as well. But what about other continents and countries?
And, also, since I am already asking for clarification on continents, I’d also like to ask about the world’s oceans. Growing up, I was taught that there were four – the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic – but in the past year, I’ve discovered that there’s a fifth that’s recognized by the International Hydrographic Organization, the Southern Ocean. Does anyone but the members of that community recognize it?
With that in mind, please answer the following:
- Your age
- Your location
3a. How many continents do you consider there to be?
3b. What continents are those?
4a. How many oceans do you consider there to be?
4b. What oceans are those?
- Any further comments or clarification.
- United States
3a. Six Continents
3b. North America, South America, Eurasia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica
4a. Four oceans.
4b. Antlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic
- I deviate from the more common seven continents that is taught in American schools.