An image of Antarctica differentiating its landmass (dark grey) from its ice shelves (minimum extent, light grey, and maximum extent, white)
An image of Antarctica differentiating its landmass (dark grey) from its ice shelves (minimum extent, light grey, and maximum extent, white)

A landmass, or land mass, is a large region or area of land.[1] The term is often used to refer to lands surrounded by an ocean or sea, such as a continent or a large island.[2]

In the field of geology, a landmass is a defined section of continental crust extending above sea level.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Landmass". Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  2. ^ Continental shelf limits
  3. ^ "landmass". Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, LLC. Retrieved 25 July 2020.