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Asia

Continent in earth's eastern hemisphere

The world’s largest and most diverse continent. It occupies the eastern four-fifths of the giant Eurasian landmass.

Asia has both the highest and the lowest points on the surface of Earth, has the longest coastline of any continent.

Asia is bounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Indian Ocean to the south, the Red Sea (as well as the inland seas of the Atlantic Ocean—the Mediterranean and the Black) to the southwest, and Europe to the west.

The total area of Asia, including Asian Russia (with the Caucasian isthmus) but excluding the island of New Guinea, amounts to some 17,226,200 square miles (44,614,000 square km), roughly one-third of the land surface of Earth. The islands—including Taiwan, those of Japan and Indonesia, Sakhalin and other islands of Asian Russia, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, and numerous smaller islands—together constitute 1,240,000 square miles (3,210,000 square km), about 7 percent of the total.

Asian Regions

Conventionally there are six main geographical regions or subregions in Asia:

  • Northern Asia
  • Western Asia
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Asia
  • Southern Asia
  • Southeast Asia

The area Asia is shared by 50 countries.

By far the largest country in terms of area is Russia, with more than 17 million km², of which 13 million km² (77%) are in Asia.

The second-largest Asian country is China, with an area of 9.6 million km².

The smallest independent state in Asia is the island nation of Maldives with 298 km².

Timeline

July 13, 2021
based Cloudscene has published the latest version of its half-yearly leaderboard, covering the first six months of 2021, which ranks datacentre operators across North America, EMEA, Asia, Oceania and Latin America by various metrics.

The colocation market is continuing to consolidate, with Digital Realty confirming plans to acquire and merge with Europe's second biggest colocation provider, Interxion.

Microsoft has agreed to purchase threat intelligence vendor RiskIQ to bolster its cloud security offerings and help customers ...

Douwe Maan, founder and CEO of Meltano, outlines the new data startup's approach as it raises seed funding to advance an open ...

July 7, 2021
Inflation seen rising in India, China, other big Asian nations in 2022
December 15, 2020
By the end of March, Mitigram Asia was officially launched.

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By DREW COSTLEY and NICKY FORSTER
November 11, 2021
AP NEWS
World leaders have committed to limiting Earth's rising temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times. But what does that feel like?
By ELAINE KURTENBACH
November 10, 2021
AP NEWS
Asian shares fell Wednesday, tracking Wall Street's retreat, with Chinese benchmarks leading the decline after the government reported a surge in inflation in October.China's consumer price index, a main measure of inflation, rose 1.5% in October, up from 0.7% the month before, the National Bureau of Statistics reported.
By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL
October 31, 2021
AP NEWS
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India and the U.K. will launch a project that aims to create a solar grid connecting countries in different parts of the world at the upcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland.
Siddharth Joshi, James Glynn, Shivika Mittal
October 13, 2021
HowStuffWorks
Rooftop solar panels are nearly 80 percent cheaper than they were just 10 years ago. A new paper says that if we installed them on 50 percent of roofs, we could meet all the world's yearly electric needs.
Julia Kollewe
October 13, 2021
the Guardian
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