Asia

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Political boundaries of Asia
Shaded relief of Asia

Asia is the largest continent on earth. It stretches from its boundary with Europe at the Ural Mountains in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east. It also reaches from Africa and Oceania to the south all the way to the Arctic Ocean in the north.

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Land

Topography

Climate

Varied, as it is in fact a rather large place. Ranges from jungles in the mid-east, ice and snow in the north and near desert in the south.

Drainage

Flora

Fauna

Animals found in Asia and associated with the region include:

Panda Bears: A black and white bear species native to China, which is famous for primarily subsisting on bamboo shoots.

Tigers: Including the famous Bengal variety found in on the Indian sub-continant and the white colored Siberian Tiger.

Indian Elephants: A (comparatived to African Elephants) smaller species of Elephant found throughout Southern Asia and traditionally used for transportation and warfare.

Monkeys The continent is home to several species of monkey including Hanuman langurs in India and Japanese Macaques, known to enjoy bathing in hotsprings.

Tanuki A canid species native to Japan which bears superficial resemblances to the racoon

Resources

Arable land

People

Ethnic groups

Ethnic groups of Asia include but are not limited to Ainu, Arabs, Dravidians, Han, Hmong, Karen, Kurds, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese aborigines.

Languages

In Asia a variety of languages can be found including but not limited to the Arabic language, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese language, Korean language, Mandarin Chinese, Mongolian language, Tagalog, and the Turkish language.

Religion

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Asian religion is shaped by five major influences:

The Chinese influence is in eastern Asia and it is primarily the source of Confucianism and Taoism. The Indian influence is primarily through Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, which has spread more to other countries than Hinduism has. Islam remains the dominant religion in southwest Asia, and also eastern and northern Africa. The Russian Orthodox Church has an influence in the Russian western parts of Siberia. Judaism is mainly concentrated in Israel, but can also be found in Japan, China, and India. Other Asian religions include, Bahai, Cao Dai, Juche, Shinto, Tenrikyo and Zoroastrianism. A majority of people worldwide follow an Asian religion.

Education

Health

Demography

Economy and Commerce

Industry

Agriculture

Forestry

Fishing

Transportation

Trade

History

Countries

See also

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