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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Asia

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). 

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

By Koyos + Ssolbergj (talk) - Map by SsolbergjAquarius.geomar.de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6234641

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

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

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

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