What is a Continent? - Definition & Explanation


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Geologically, a continent is:

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1. The oldest igneous and metamorphic rocks found on a continent are part of its:

2. When plate tectonics causes all of Earth's land masses to collide, the resulting land mass is called a:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Continents are the largest and most basic geological formations on earth. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of continents. You'll be assessed on specific characteristics and terms related to continents and continent formation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on identifying:

  • Geologic definition of continents
  • Where the oldest igneous and metamorphic rocks on a continent are found
  • The term for a land mass formed by all of Earth's land masses colliding
  • A true statement about continents
  • How many continents are on Earth

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding continents
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of continents and their formation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on land mass collision and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about continents, review the accompanying lesson titled What is a Continent? - Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition and origin of continental crust
  • Parts of a continent
  • The changing shapes of continents over time
  • Continent rifting