Continent

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A continent is a very large landmass. Seven regions are commonly regarded as continents. Ordered from largest in area to smallest, they are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia.

(Other) islands are frequently grouped with a neighboring continent to divide all the world's land into geopolitical regions. Under this scheme, most of the island countries and territories in the Pacific Ocean are grouped together to form a geopolitical region called Oceania.

Continental Europe

"Continental Europe" or "mainland Europe", referred to by English-speakers as "the Continent", refers to the contiguous continent of Europe. The Russian Ural Mountains as well as the Caucasus Mountains to the south of them have sometimes been considered the eastern physical land border of Europe. The British Isles, once connected by an ancient land bridge to the continent, and whose ethnic population is European, regard themselves as part of Europe.

"Continental races"

"Continental races" is a sometimes used phrase for major races, which may be justified for races such as Amerindians, Australoids, and Europeans, but less so for races such as East Asians and Sub-Saharan Africans.

See also Semites on an obsolete classification based on the Bible and continents.

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