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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]

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