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Sunday, 4 September 2011


The origin of the name is unknown, though it seems probable that it was at first used with a restricted local application, gradually extended to the whole continent.

The original distinction between Europe and Asia was made by the ancient Greeks. They invented Asia and Europe to name the two sides of the Hellespont (now Dardanelles).

Within the continent of Asia, there are 48 different countries. 

Asia is the largest of the continents, occupying 30% of the total land surface of the world.

By Koyos + Ssolbergj (talk) - Map by,

Asia hosts 60% of the world's current human population. During the 20th century Asia's population nearly quadrupled.

Seven of the ten largest cities in the world are located on the Asian continent.

Asia contains both the world's highest mountain (Mount Everest 29,118 ft ) and the world's lowest point below sea level (The Dead Sea at -1,293 ft).

The Asian continent has been the birthplace and cradle of all the world’s most prominent religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and many others.

Sources Wikipedia,  Hutchinson Encyclopedia © RM 2011. Helicon Publishing is division of RM.

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