Strictly in terms of geological landmasses or tectonic plates, Europe is a western peninsula of Eurasia and of the Africa-Eurasia landmass. The European concept of the three continents in the Old World goes back to classical antiquity.
Currently a treaty remains unratified. Name of Asia Imperial Roman geography[ edit ] The geographer, Claudius Ptolemaeusdistinguishes between geography, which is "a representation in picture of the whole known world," and chorography "study of places"which "treats more fully the particulars.
Indonesia to the southeast, a nation consisting of thousands of islands, adds a significant amount of territory to mainland Asia and extends the extreme Asian latitude further south.
Stating that "continents are bounded more properly, when it is possible, by seas than by rivers," Ptolemy defines a three-continent system: This division and system was already in place before Herodotus.
It is not surprising that the first continents were "shores," as they are in Herodotusfirst historian whose works are extant, who relies on earlier geography now missing except for fragments.
Definition of continents has long been and remains primarily the realm of geographersincluding cultural geographers as well as physical geographers. It had been lost during the preceding Greek Dark Agesa period of piracy at sea and defensive parochialism on land.
As the sides were three shores, the continents were three. The northern shore runs eastward along the line if the Phasis and Araxes Rivers ; that is, south of the Caucasus Mountainsand around the south of the Caspian Sea.
The three-continent system was an idea devised in Archaic Greecea time of Greek colonial expansion and trade throughout the Mediterranean and the spread of writing again.
Definition and boundaries of Asia The land mass of Asia is not the sum of the land masses of each of its regions, which have been defined independently of the whole. As there are questions of fishing rights in the waters and mineral rights in the seabed, two different boundaries are being negotiated, one for the water column and one for the seabed.
A triangle prevailed in the Greek imagination with points at the Pillars, the Tanais and the Red Sea. There was no systematic definition of "continent;" however, the Greek mariners did make a distinction that was to become one: In the north the border between Asia and Europe is a meridian through the mouth of the Don River northward "to the unknown region.
The symmetry of the scheme was too geometric for the Greeks to resist, as they represented all geographic masses by regular figures if they could. Overall dimensions[ edit ] Different sources give different estimates of the area enclosed by the imaginary border of Asia.
Asia contains the Indian subcontinentArabian peninsulaas well as a piece of the North American plate in Siberia. Geographers consult them but they do not write geography unless they happen to be both. They followed the shores closely, ready to put in at the first sign of trouble.
Asia is defined by two akrai, "bluffs" or "shores. Most of the islands in the Indian Ocean are Asian. There have been no historical consensus and there is not now any universal consensus on the use of these terms, just as there is none for the word "Asia".
Further information on the etymology of Asia: See the List of transcontinental countries for further geographic definitions.
The preceding Mycenaean Greece left scant record of some serving women from a locality in the later Asia Minor called Asia. Asia is equal to its shores, which also define Europe and Libya. In Latin it became continens terra, "the continuous land," shortened to just continens, stem continent.
He says that an alternate northern border is the mouth of the Don River. The map surface of mainland Asia is entirely contained within a Geodetic quadrangle formed from segments of latitude going through its north and south extremes and segments of longitude passing through the east and west extremes.
The Australia—Indonesia border is still being negotiated.Geography of Asia reviews geographical concepts of classifying Asia, the central and eastern part of Eurasia, comprising approximately fifty countries.
Start studying Physical Features of Southeast Asia. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Asia has a variety of physical features, including mountain ranges, plateaus and deserts.
The continent also has fresh and saltwater environments.
Steppes are another geographical feature of Asia. Asia is home to three major mountain ranges: the Himalayas, the Tien Shen mountains and the Ural. Section 2: Climate and Vegetation Tropical Climate Regions.
Overview tropical rain forest climate dominates Southeast Asia parts of mainlands and some islands have tropical savanna or humid subtropical.
86 rows · Asia is the largest of the world’s continents. It can be divided into five major. This quiz can be customized to add more features: Customize Asia Physical Features Quiz Boundary between Asia and Europe The eastern side of the Ural mountains is usually considered the boundary between Europe and Asia.Download