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Does anyone remember there only being five continents? Or are you abroad and there are still only 6?

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littleducks Thu 08-Apr-10 23:30:03

Domestic argument here atm.

According to dh he was taught there are 5 continents, he combines the Americas and ignores Antartica.

I was taught 7 (Asia, Antartica, Africa, Australasia, Europe, South america and North America).

Seven appears to be the textbook answer now, but apparently in some parts of the world 'America' is one continent.

AutumnMadness Mon 04-Mar-13 14:13:14

Sorry, I am going to get pedantic. I have a problem with "America" being one continent considering that North and South Americas sit on completely different tectonic plates. There are actually six continental tectonic plates (there is some overlap, however, like a chunk of Eastern Siberia being on the North American plate).

But then, my definition is purely geological. There are lots of weird cultural ones out there.

Patchouli Mon 04-Mar-13 14:18:08

haha you be pedantic Autumn
It obviously means a lot to you (this thread is almost 3 years old)

LaVolcan Mon 04-Mar-13 14:55:23

The CIA World Database refers to Europe as a sub-continent. India a sub-continent - yes, Europe - no, most people would agree.

(But then it also says that there are a couple of thousand Cornish speakers in the UK, so it's not 100% reliable.)

LittlePushka Mon 04-Mar-13 21:21:39

Think that even more continents have been found since littleducks first posted. Possibly nine now wink

LegoAcupuncture Mon 04-Mar-13 21:24:54

grin littleducks

LittlePushka Mon 04-Mar-13 21:29:36

I certainly have discovered another in that time,...stress incontinent...

edam Mon 04-Mar-13 21:31:39

Given the CIA's propensity to do all sorts of appalling things, I'm quite glad they are too thick to notice how few Cornish speakers there are in the UK, or to spot that Europe is a continent... Hopefully reduces the chances of them deciding to overthrow Europe or bomb Kernow, or install dictatorships.

steppemum Mon 04-Mar-13 21:33:48

5 oceans
7 continents

Africa, Asia, Europe, Australasia, North America, South America (or should it be Latin America?), and Antarctica

watfordmummy Mon 04-Mar-13 21:37:15

Yip I learnt 5, again old!! wink

LaVolcan Mon 04-Mar-13 21:39:28

Should be South America rather than Latin America, because Mexico is in North America.

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