Continents Superlatives 

Do you want to know more about the continents superlatives? What is the highest mountain in Europe? What is the lowest point in North America? What the longest river in Asia? 

On this page we share the main continent superlatives at a glance. Continents for Kids in Facts and Figures:

If you want to get more detailed information about the continents please also check our continents facts and the continent pages you can find here too.

On our new page children can explore the most important continent facts and figures at a glance and here they are.... Enjoy!

Continents for Kids
Facts and Superlatives

  • population: 1.3 billion 
  • countries: 54 
  • largest country: Algeria
  • smallest country: Seychelles
  • largest city: Lagos
  • highest peak: Kilimanjaro
  • lowest point: Lake Assal
  • longest river: Nile
  • largest lake: Victoria
  • population: 4.6 billion
  • countries: 48
  • largest country: China
  • smallest country: Maldives
  • largest city: Tokyo
  • highest peak: Everest
  • lowest point: Dead Sea
  • longest river: Yangtze
  • largest lake: Caspian Sea

  • population: 748 million
  • countries: 44 
  • largest country: Russia
  • smallest country: Vatican City
  • largest city: Moscow
  • highest peak: Elbrus
  • lowest point: Caspian Sea 
  • longest river: Volga
  • largest lake: Ladoga
  • population: 43 million
  • countries: 14
  • largest country: Australia
  • smallest country: Nauru
  • largest city: Sydney
  • highest peak: Kosciuzko
  • lowest point: Kati Thanda-Eyre
  • longest river: Murray
  • largest lake: Kati Thanda-Eyre

  • population: 571 million 
  • countries: 23
  • largest country: Canada
  • smallest country: St Kitts and Nevis
  • largest city: Mexico City
  • highest peak: Denali (McKinley)
  • lowest point: Death Valley
  • longest river: Missouri
  • largest lake: Superior
  • population: 433 million
  • countries: 12
  • largest country: Brazil
  • smallest country: Suriname
  • largest city: Sao Paolo
  • highest peak: Aconcagua
  • lowest point: Laguna del Carbón
  • longest river: Amazon
  • largest lake: Titicaca

Please note:

For Australia/Oceania, we included the countries and population figures of the Oceania region. The highest mountain in the Oceania region is usually listed as Puncak Jaya which is located on the island of New Guinea (Papua Province of Indonesia) with 4,884 m/16,024 ft. Mount Kosciusko is the highest mountain on the island and country of Australia.

And what about Antarctica?

  • population: none
  • countries: none 
  • highest peak: Vinson
  • lowest point: Denman Glacier
  • longest river: none
  • largest lake: none
  • Antarctica is the fifth largest continent of all seven.
  • Antarctica is the world's driest continent.
  • This continent is an icy cold desert. The world's coldest temperatures are measure in Antarctica.
  • Antarctica is not permanently inhabited, only research teams are stationed here.
  • 18 countries send researchers to the continent.

Our Earth Superlatives

World's Highest Mountain: Mount Everest

The highest mountain in the world is the Mount Everest. 

Mount Everest

Mount Everest has a height of 8,848 m/ 29,031 ft above sea level.

The mountain in Asia is located in the Himalayan mountain range. The mountain peak is shared by the two countries Nepal and China. 

Mount Everest is thus the tallest mountain above sea level, while Mount Kea on Hawaii is considered to be the tallest mountain measured from the base at the ocean floor and thus below the sea level. 

World's Lowest Point: Dead Sea

The lowest point in the world is the Dead Sea with 432 m/ 1419 ft below sea level.

Dead Sea

The water levels of the Dead Sea are sinking every year and the area covered by the lake is only about half as big today as it was a century ago. Rainfall is very scarce in the region and the area experiences a hot desert climate.

The Dead Sea is the world’s saltiest lake with about 34% salinity. This means the water is about nine times as salty as any ocean water.

The Dead Sea is shared by three countries: Israel, Jordan and Palestine. The salt lake is located in the Jordan Rift Valley and the Jordan River is the only major river flowing into the basin.

World's Longest River: Nile

The longest river in the world is the Nile if one considers river length. 

Nile River

The Nile river is over 6,852 km/ 4,258 miles long. The Nile river is located in eastern Africa and is passes through eleven countries.

However, the longest river with the largest drainage basin is the Amazon river. The Amazon river system in South America covers a drainage basin area that is almost double the size of that of the Nile river system. 

World's Largest Lake: Caspian Sea

The largest lake in the world is the Caspian Sea.

Baku at the Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is spread out between the two continents Europe and Asia as part of it is located east of the Caucasus but the lake mainly is on the western Asian continent.

The lake borders five countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran. The lake has a maximum length of 1,030 km/ 640 miles and a maximum width of 435 km/ 270 miles. In area, the lake is slightly larger than the land area of the countries Norway or Japan.

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Continents Superlatives Resources

  • European Space Agency. "The Dead Sea." ESA Earth Online. Last accessed 25 February 2021
  • Australian Government. "The Australian Continent."  Last accessed 25 February 2021
  • European Space Agency. "Rivers". ESA EO Portal.  Last accessed 25 February 2021

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