Geography of Asia


The continent of Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent with nearly 4 billion people calling Asia home. Asia also contains the world's most populous country, China, and the worlds largest country, Russia. Asia borders Africa and Europe to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. 

The continent of Asia is so large and diverse that it often is divided into sub-regions (see map below). 

Northern Asia
Middle East
Southern Asia
Eastern Asia
Southeastern Asia

Asia is rich in diverse races, cultures, and languages. Many of the world's major religions came out of Asia including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. 

Asia has a major influence on world culture and the world's economy. Countries such as Russia, China, Japan and India produce products and services that are used by every nation in the world. Asia is also abundant in natural resources. Oil in the Middle East is a major supplier of much of the world's energy. 

Fun Facts about Asia: 

Asia is almost 30% of the worlds land area and contains 60% of the worlds population. 

The highest point on earth, Mt. Everest, is in Asia. The lowest point on land, the Dead Sea, is also in Asia. 

The Great Wall of China is the only man made structure that can be seen from space. 

Asia is the only continent that border two other continents; Africa and Europe. It sometimes joins with a third continent, North America, in the winter by ice forming in the Bering Sea. 

Asia contains many of the largest cities in the world including the two largest; Shanghai, China and Mumbai, India.