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Subject: 5 or 7 continents?

Date: Tue Aug 14 03:40:00 2001
Posted by Lisa
Grade level: grad (science) School: No school entered.
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Area of science: Science History
ID: 997774800.Sh

I learned in school, in the US, that there are 7 continents:  Africa, 
Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Europe, S. America, N. America.  This #, I was 
told, is based on plates.
The Europeans that I have met tell me that there are 5 continents:  Africa, 
Oceania, Asia, Americas & Europe.
Who's right?  What are the definitions?

Re: 5 or 7 continents?

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