Europe and Asia. The boundary between Europe and Asia is unusual among continental boundaries because of its largely mountain-and-river-based characteristics north and east of the Black Sea. The reason is historical, the division of Europe and Asia going back to the early Greek geographers.
The border between Europe and Asia as it exists today was first defined by Philip Johan Von Strahlenberg, an explorer and a Swedish Army officer. His border followed the chains of the Ural Mountains; Emba River to the north coast of the Caspian Sea, and the Kuma-Manych Depression which exists on the Black Sea.
As established by the Russian Federation, the dividing line between Europe and Asia is the Ural Mountains. The Urals are a range in Western Russia that runs from the Arctic Ocean to the Ural River in Kazakhstan.
For more details about the geographical border between Europe and Asia, see Boundaries between the continents of Earth § Europe and Asia. See also: Geographic criteria for EU membership. Conventions used for the boundary between Europe and Asia during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Ural Mountains are simply not a good dividing line between Europe and Asia. Essentially what history has done is to choose a minor mountain range as the dividing line between two major world regions of Europe and Asia on the continent of Eurasia.
The boundary between Europe and Asia exists on paper. However, there is no significant physical distinction between the two continents. The boundary between the two continents is just merely a historical and cultural construct.
The borders of a political, cultural “Europe” or “West” shifted to coincide more and more precisely with the Greeks’ arbitrary geographic border between Europe and Asia.
For Roads & Kingdoms’ Edge of Europe series, writer Joshua Kucera is traveling along the disputed border between Europe and Asia, from Istanbul to the Russian Arctic, to explore the ancient ...
The Ural Mountains and the Caucasus Mountains separate Europe from Asia. These two mountain ranges form a distinct border between Europe and Asia. The idea of Europe as a geographical entity has always been somewhat indistinct. Its transition into Asia is permitted by a continuous land mass.
Constantinople known as Istanbul, Turkey. the strait of Bosphorus is the border between Europe and Asia.