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Asia. The major part of the world, ca. 44.6 million km2 (incl. Russia east of the Urals), ie ca. 1/3 of the earth's land masses. Approx. 3830 million inhabitants (2003, approx. 61% of the world population), ca. 86 innb./km2.

The northernmost islands is about. 80 ° N and the southern approx. 10 ° South Asia ranging from approx. 26 ° E. of Asia Minor to approx. 169 ° East Geological Asia consists of the Eurasian shield surrounded by younger crustal folding into mountain. In Tertiary collided the Indian shield with the Eurasian and formed the Himalayas. Highest mountain: Mount Everest (8850 m), Mount Godwin Austen (K2) (8616 m), Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 m).

The continent has more such collisions lines, where there are many large earthquakes and volcanic activity. Asia has a wealth of landscapes and climates. In the south and west are large, mud rivers that have built up fertile deltas. Here are some of Earth's earliest high culture occurred (Euphrates, Tigris, Indus). Here are some of the world's most densely populated areas (Ganges, Brahmaputra, Huang He (Hwang Ho), Chang Jiang).
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