Asia is the largest and most populous continent, and facts about it are innumerable. The continent makes up 8.7 percent of the world's surface area and 29.5 percent of its total land area.Continue Reading
Asia borders Europe along the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River and the Black and Caspian Seas, while the Suez Canal in Egypt marks the border between Asia and Africa. While Bering Strait separates Asia from North America in the west, the border between Asia and Oceania, which is Australia and various Pacific islands, is disputed.
Asia is home to 49 sovereign states: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, East Timor, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen. Of these nations, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia all contain territory that is considered to be part of Europe. East Timor is commonly thought of as part of Oceania, despite being a part of Asia. The Sinai Peninsula in Egypt is technically part of Asia, but it is not usually considered an Asian nation.Learn more about Asia
The name of the continent of Asia was derived from a word in Ancient Greek and was used in Herodutus' Histories in 440 B.C. It is speculated that the name was in use long before its first appearance in text, but may have initially referred to only a small area of land on the eastern end of the Aegean Sea in an area referred to as Assuwa by the Hittites.Full Answer >
Asia is in the Northern hemisphere, except for parts of Indonesia. Asia is the largest and most populated of the seven continents. Asia also lies entirely in the Eastern hemisphere.Full Answer >
Asia has a variety of physical features, including mountain ranges, plateaus and deserts. The continent also has fresh and saltwater environments. Steppes are another geographical feature of Asia.Full Answer >
Experts group major food crops in Asia into several categories, including rice, tree crops, vegetables, roots and tubers, maize, grains, legumes, sugarcane, coconuts and fruits. Asians grow many different types of foodstuffs and produce among these categories.Full Answer >