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The world is a proper noun for the planet Earth envisioned from an anthropocentric or human worldview, as a place inhabited by human beings. It is often used to signify the sum of human experience and history, or the 'human condition' in general.[1] There were approximately 6.6 billion (or 6600 million) people living on the Earth as of April 2006.[2] For other uses, see Oceania (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... Pacific redirects here. ... Pacific redirects here. ... The Atlantic Ocean, not including Arctic and Antarctic regions. ... This article is about the water body. ... The Southern Ocean, also known as the Great Southern Ocean, the Antarctic Ocean and the South Polar Ocean, is the International Hydrographic Organizations oceanic division encircling Antarctica, comprising the southernmost waters of the World Ocean south of 60° S latitude. ... The Arctic Ocean, located in the southern hemisphere and mostly in the Antarctic south polar region, is the largest of the worlds five major landmassesic divisions and the deepest. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... West Indies redirects here. ... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ... East Asia Geographic East Asia. ... Regions of Asia:  Northern Asia  Central Asia  Western Asia  Southern Asia  Eastern Asia  Southeastern Asia North Asia or Northern Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... Map of South Asia (see note on Kashmir). ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ...  Southwest Asia in most contexts. ... Australasia Australasia is a term variably used to describe a region of Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean. ... Map showing Melanesia. ... Carving from the ridgepole of a Māori house, ca 1840 Polynesia (from Greek: πολύς many, νῆσος island) is a large grouping of over 1,000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... Northern America is a name for the parts of North America besides Mexico when Mexico is considered as Latin America. ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World, consisting of the continents of North America[1] and South America with their associated islands and regions. ...  Central Africa  Middle Africa (UN subregion)  Central African Federation (defunct) Central Africa is a core region of the African continent often considered to include: Burundi Central African Republic Chad Democratic Republic of the Congo Rwanda Middle Africa (as used by the United Nations when categorising geographic subregions) is an analogous...  Eastern Africa (UN subregion)  East African Community  Central African Federation (defunct)  geographic, including above East Africa or Eastern Africa is the easternmost region of the African continent, variably defined by geography or geopolitics. ...  Northern Africa (UN subregion)  geographic, including above North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan Africa. ... Categories: Africa geography stubs | Southern Africa ...  Western Africa (UN subregion)  Maghreb[1] West Africa or Western Africa is the westernmost region of the African continent. ... Central Europe The Alpine Countries and the Visegrád Group (Political map, 2004) Central Europe is the region lying between the variously and vaguely defined areas of Eastern and Western Europe. ... Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current national boundaries: Russia (dark orange), other countries of the former USSR (medium orange),members of the Warsaw pact (light orange), and other former Communist regimes not aligned with Moscow (lightest orange). ... Northern Europe Northern Europe is the northern part of the European continent. ... Southern Europe is a region of the European continent. ... A current understanding of Western Europe. ... A proper noun is a noun that picks out a unique entity. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article is about modern humans. ... This article is about the radio show. ... Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... Look up Experience in Wiktionary, the free dictionary This article discusses the general concept of experience. ... This article is about the study of the past in human terms. ... For other uses, see Human condition (disambiguation). ... Billion may mean: 1,000,000,000 (one thousand million; ), used by most English-speaking countries (American and usual modern British meaning) 1,000,000,000,000 (one million million; ), used by most other countries outside Asia (older British meaning). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Especially in a metaphysical context, World may refer to everything that constitutes reality and the Universe: see World (philosophy). Plato (Left) and Aristotle (right), by Raphael (Stanza della Segnatura, Rome) Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the ultimate nature of reality, being, and the world. ... For other uses, see Reality (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Universe (disambiguation). ... The world is, in a philosophical sense, everything that is seen and percieved by human intellect and human senses, even though some branches of philosophy may refer to different worlds, making a reference to the different realms of philosophy (such as the mathematical world, the intelligible world, the world of...

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Etymology

In English, world may be parsed as rooted in a compound of the obsolete words were, "man", and eld, "age"; thus, its etymology may be semantically rendered as "age or life of man".[3] The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... WERE is an AM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio operating on 1300 kHz with studios in downtown Cleveland. ...


Usage

'World' distinguishes the entire planet or population from any particular country or region: world affairs are those which pertain not just to one place but to the whole world, and world history is a field of history which examines events from a global (rather than a national or a regional) perspective. Earth, on the other hand, refers to the planet as a physical entity, and distinguishes it from other planets and physical objects. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (24000x12000, 19567 KB) This file or image, which is now available on Wikimedia Commons, is redundant to Whole_world_-_land_and_oceans_12000. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (24000x12000, 19567 KB) This file or image, which is now available on Wikimedia Commons, is redundant to Whole_world_-_land_and_oceans_12000. ... Equirectangular projection of the Globe Equirectangular projection of a composite satellite image (NASA) The plate carrée projection or geographic projection or equirectangular projection, is a very simple map projection that has been in use since the earliest days of spherical cartography. ... This article is about the astronomical term. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... Look up Region in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... World History is a field of historical study that emerged as a distinct academic field in the 1980s. ... This article is about the study of the past in human terms. ... The adjective global and adverb globally imply that the verb or noun to which they are applied applies to the entire Earth and all of its species and regions. ...


In Christian theology, the 'World' connotes the corrupt, mortal order of society outside the community of believers (which is worldly as opposed to heavenly). It is often cited alongside the flesh and the Devil as a source of temptation that Christians should flee. The adjective worldly refers to world in this sense: 'mortal', 'mundane', 'devoted to the interests of this world'. See World (theology). Christian doctrine redirects here. ... For other uses, see Temptation (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... World is a key concept in theology. ...


'World' can also be used attributively, as an adjective, to mean 'global', 'relating to the whole world', forming usages such as World community. See World (adjective). In grammar, an adjective is a word whose main syntactic role is to modify a noun or pronoun (called the adjectives subject), giving more information about what the noun or pronoun refers to. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... // [edit] History Main article: History of the world [edit] Government Main articles: World government and Global governance Flag of the United Nations World government is the concept of a government that would legislate, enforce and interpret international law, on a level above that of national government. ...


By extension, a 'world' may refer to any planet or heavenly body, especially when it is thought of as inhabited. Astronomical objects are significant physical entities, associations or structures which current science has confirmed to exist in space. ...


In the study of religion and mythology, the Underworld is a place, often thought of as below the world, where souls go upon death. In some mythologies there were numerous underworlds, the choice of which depended on the soul's virtue or worth: the Elysian Fields are an example from Roman religion. For other uses, see Mythology (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Underworld (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... Elysian Fields may refer to: In mythology: Elysium, a section of the underworld from Greek mythology In geography: Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey, site of the first organized baseball game Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris In the arts: Elysian Fields (band), an American Dream... The term Roman religion may refer to: Ancient Roman religion Imperial cult (Ancient Rome), Sol Invictus Mithraism Roman Christianity Category: ...


'World', when qualified, can also refer to a particular domain of human experience.

  • The world of work describes paid work and the pursuit of a career, in all its social aspects, to distinguish it from home life and academic study.
  • The fashion world describes the environment of the designers, fashion houses and consumers that make up the fashion industry.
  • The New World is a part of the world discovered or colonized later than other parts; it usually refers to the American continents or to Australia. The Old World refers, by contrast, to the continents of Europe, Asia and north Africa.

Academia is a collective term for the scientific and cultural community engaged in higher education and research, taken as a whole. ... Fashion House was an American telenovela airing at 9 p. ... Consumers refers to individuals or households that purchase and use goods and services generated within the economy. ... The term fashion usually applies to a prevailing mode of expression, but quite often applies to a personal mode of expression that may or may not adhere to prevailing ideals. ... Frontispiece of Peter Martyr dAnghieras De orbe novo (On the New World). Carte dAmérique, Guillaume Delisle, 1722. ... The Old World consists of those parts of Earth known to Europeans, Asians, and Africans before the voyages of Christopher Columbus; it includes Europe, Asia, and Africa (collectively known as Africa-Eurasia), plus surrounding islands. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...

Physical characteristics

The World
The World

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Earth dimensions

Physical feature
Superficial area 510,000,000 km² (196,950,000 Sq. miles)
Land surface 149,000,000 km² (57,510,000 Sq. miles)
Water surface 361,000,000 km² (139,440,000 Sq. miles)
Equatorial circumference 40,077 km (24,902 miles)
Meridional circumference 40,009 km (24,860 miles)
Equatorial diameter 12,757 km (7,926 miles)
Polar diameter 12,714 km (7,899.988 miles)
Polar radius 6,356.89 km (3,949.99 miles)
Volume of the Earth 1,080,000,000,000 km³ (260,000,000,000 cubic miles)
Mass 5,980,000,000,000,000,000,000 tonnes (6,592,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons)

Continents and population

Size
continent area (km²) percent
World 149 000 000 100
Africa-Eurasia 84 580 000 57
Eurasia 54 210 000 36
Asia 43 810 000 29
Americas 42 330 000 28
Africa 30 370 000 20
North America 24 494 000 16
South America 17 840 000 12
Antarctica 13 720 000 9.2
Europe 10 400 000 7.0
Oceania 9 142 000 6.0
Australia-New Guinea 8 500 000 5.7
Australia mainland 7 600 000 5.1
Human Population
continent approx. population percent
World 6 450 000 000 100
Africa-Eurasia 5 400 000 000 84
Eurasia 4 510 000 000 70
Asia 3 800 000 000 59
Africa 890 000 000 14
Americas 886 000 000 14
Europe 714 000 000 11
North America 515 000 000 8.0
South America 371 000 000 5.8
Oceania 35 800 000 0.55
Australia-New Guinea 30 000 000 0.5
Australia mainland 21 000 786 0.3
Antarctica 1 000 0.002

Animated, colour-coded map showing the various continents. ... Africa-Eurasia plus associated islands. ... For other uses, see Eurasia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World, consisting of the continents of North America[1] and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Oceania (disambiguation). ... Australia-New Guinea, also called Sahul or Meganesia, is made up of the continent of Australia and the islands of New Guinea and Tasmania. ... The Australian continental shelf (light blue) is contiguous with New Guinea, but not with other Pacific islands like New Zealand. ... Animated, colour-coded map showing the various continents. ... Africa-Eurasia plus associated islands. ... For other uses, see Eurasia (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... World map showing the Americas CIA political map of the Americas The Americas are the lands of the Western hemisphere or New World, consisting of the continents of North America[1] and South America with their associated islands and regions. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... For other uses, see Oceania (disambiguation). ... Australia-New Guinea, also called Sahul or Meganesia, is made up of the continent of Australia and the islands of New Guinea and Tasmania. ... The Australian continental shelf (light blue) is contiguous with New Guinea, but not with other Pacific islands like New Zealand. ...

See also

This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article is about the astronomical term. ... Physical world map (2004) with country borders and capitals A world map is a map of the surface of the Earth, which may be made using any of a number of different map projections. ... World globe A Baroque era celestial globe A globe is a three-dimensional scale model of a spheroid celestial body such as a planet, star or moon, in particular Earth, or, alternatively, a spherical representation of the sky with the stars (but without the Sun, Moon, or planets, because their... For other uses, see Universe (disambiguation). ...

External links

The World Factbook 2007 (government edition) cover. ...

References

  1. ^ 'This is the excellent foppery of the world...' -- Shakespeare, King Lear, I.ii
  2. ^ David, Leonard. "Planet's Population Hit 6.6 Billion Saturday", Live Science, 2006-02-24. Retrieved on 2006-04-02. 
  3. ^ American Heritage Dictionary

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