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Question:
In my country (Peru) same that all countries in sudamerica we learn that the number of continents is five (that's the reason for what there are 5 rings in the olympic flag). But in Canada and USA the people learn that there are 7. What is the correct number?



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Carlos,

This is a great question that has no correct answer. The number of continents is based on the size of the land area, it's distinction from other land areas (by culture or by isolation from other land areas, etc.), and by the number of people who live there. In the United States we designate several continents, including North America, South America (Peru may count those two as one), Australia, Asia, Africa, Antarctica (Peru may not include this as a continent because of the lack of people), and Europe.

David Cook
Meteorologist at Argonne Nat. Lab.



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