South America is a continent of theAmericas, situated entirely in theWestern Hemisphere and mostly inthe Southern Hemisphere. It isbordered on the west by the PacificOcean and on the north and east bythe Atlantic Ocean; North Americaand the Caribbean Sea lie to thenorthwest.
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South America has an area of 17,840,000 square kilometers(6,890,000 sq mi), or almost 3.5% of the Earth's surface. As of 2005, itspopulation was estimated at morethan 371,000,000.
South America ranks fourth in area(after Asia, Africa, and NorthAmerica) and fifth in population(after Asia, Africa, Europe, and NorthAmerica).