There are seven major continents of the world. Sixty-percent of the population of the world lives in the continent of Asia. Australia, by comparison, is the least populated continent accounting for less than three-tenths of the world population. Africa is the hottest continent, on average, and homes the largest desert in the world. Antarctica is the coldest continent and is completely covered in ice. Antarctica also has no inhabitants; it is not hard to figure out why. Europe which is composed of fifty-one countries has the most developed economic and political union in the world. South America is home to the largest rainforest in the world. North America is often thought to house just three countries, but it is actually composed of twenty-three countries.
The collection of worksheets below starts by defining and explaining the concept of a continent. We then look at the key attributes of each of the seven major continents. We finish off by arguing that New Zealand may in fact fit the definition of being a continent by itself.