I’m sure I remember Australia being referred to as each the biggest island and the smallest continent. So yes I think this is the issue, that ‘continent’ is actually a rather wishy washy term and no one’s certain what it means. There are too many cultural differences between Europe and Asia for me to be entirely comfy thinking of them as one continent, and but if they’re actually a half of the identical land mass I’m left with little selection. Europeans didn’t “create” it as a continent to hide the very fact they occupied the country and took it over from the indigenous population. Its simply a scientific assessment of what makes a continent, Australia sits on its own tectonic plate. Yes earlier than the continental drift millions of years ago, Australia was a half of gondwana land, along with new zealand and the antarctic and south america.
However, as much as four,four hundred researchers and personnel live there in the summer and 1,100 are there in the winter. North America is the place area and inhabitants diverge in their rankings because this continent’s inhabitants just isn’t growing as quick as Asia’s. North America is third in area at 9.four million sq. miles (24.5 million square kilometers).