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North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere; it is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the earth's land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. North America is the third largest continent by area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth by population after Asia, Africa, and Europe. In 2013, its population was estimated at nearly 579 million people in 23 independent states, or about 7.5% of the world's population, if nearby islands (most notably the Caribbean) are included.

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  • ... that the North American fungus Boletus aurantiosplendens has been found in only seven distinct locations?
  • ... that Lynnwood Farnam was the first North American organist to play the entire repertoire of Johann Sebastian Bach's organ works?
  • ... that the Custer Wolf, a North American gray wolf referred to as the "master criminal of the animal world", killed livestock worth almost $300,000 in today's money?
  • ... that the Bacon Super T-6 was described as looking like the result of "an illicit hangar affair between a T-33 and a T-6"?
  • ... that Falcon Nest is the tallest single-family home in North America?
  • ... that evidence of beavers in Opossum Brook was first detected in 1929, by a man on his way to Hell's Kitchen?

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