the assumption of responsibility for the welfare of the world
A landmass is a continuous unit of dry land, surrounded on all sides by water. The distinction between continents (large) and islands (small) is arbitrary and unsustainable. The term ‘continent’ is also applied conventionally to parts of larger landmasses, notably Europe, which has nothing objectively in common with Antarctica or Australia, but was singled out by its own inhabitants for cultural reasons.
The largest landmasses in the world, in order, are:
It can be argued that the Suez Canal effectively divides the Old World into two landmasses, and the Panamá Canal does the same with the New World. There are two issues with this. The first is that canal locks are isolated boxes of water, sometimes temporary, and thus quite different from the water that divides other landmasses. The second is that the canals themselves, even if constituting real waterways that divide their respective landmasses, are traversed by bridges: artificial land over artificial waterways. Taking these points together, the canals are not sufficient to consider the lands on either side discontinuous.
The most populous landmasses in the world, in order, are:
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