So are North and South America different continents?

I always thought they were different continents but this dude I got in a small argument on Facebook said that they’re the same continent. Yeah they used to be labeled the same continent but that was changed wasn’t it? Do people in other countries other than the United States label them as the same continent or something? Cause he seemed pretty sure that they’re the same. And labeled as one

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  • 3 weeks ago

    South America is the Subcontinent of America.

  • 3 weeks ago

    They are different continents.  Just like Europe and Asia are considered different continents.  

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The Dude you got into an argument is full of it.  Does not know what he is talking about.

    Nothing has Changed.

    Seven Continents:

    1. North America

    2. South America

    3. Europe

    4. Asia

    5. Africa

    6. Australia

    7. Antarctica

  • 1 month ago

    They are connected, but they are different continents. The Isthmus of Panama is the narrow strip of land that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, linking North and South America. The isthmus formed around 2.8 billion years ago, separating the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It is simply a matter of perception. If you look at a map you will see that, at its narrowest in Panama, the land connection between North and South America is very narrow, scarcely 50 miles wide compared with the thousands of miles of the main  continental land masses. Thus those two large landmasses could well be regarded as separate.

    Some people do not recognise the existence of 'Central America', but that is a useful concept for the seven relatively small countries between Mexico and South America.

    Etc, etc. You will never find all experts agreeing on any subject!

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    He is wrong, but If you lack the ability to do internet keyword searches and apply any amount of discernment for valid information, you have my pity. The answer is yes, they are different continents and that has been taught worldwide for a very long time. 

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    Due to continental drift, 80 million years ago Central America didn't exist and the two continents were completely separated. 130 million years ago South America was merged with Africa and North America was still its own entity. 200 million years ago the three continents were merged. About 240 million years ago, all continents were essentially merged into a single mass scientists call Pangea. Maybe that's what the "dude" was referring to.

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    Watch this cool animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLahVJNnoZ4

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    yes, entirely different continents. 2 of the 7 continents. 

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