Welcome to our quiz on geography of Asia.

Asian Landmass

Asia is the largest continent on Earth with a territory of almost 45 million square kilometers. Its largest state is Russia, spanning over its entire northern part, taking up about 30% of its landmass. Topography of Asia is very diverse and includes extensive steppes, woodlands, rainforest, hot and cold deserts, plateaus, highlands and very high mountain ranges. Asia's lowest point is the Dead Sea at 430 meters below the sea level. Its highest is the world's highest peak, Mount Everest with the elevation of 8,848 meters. The continent is surrounded by the Artic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is separated from Europe by the Ural Mountains and the Caucasus, and from Africa by the Suez Canal.

Asian Population

Asia is home to four and a half billion people, more than all other continents combined. Its numerous populations, historically separated by great distances and major geographical boundaries, have developed very unique identities and cultures. These distinct ethnicities still thrive today and Asia is the second most diverse continent on the planet, after Africa. India and China are the continent's most populous states with populations of a billion and a half, each. Other populous and diverse states in Asia include: Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan and the Philippines. The median age in Asia is estimated at 32 years. The fertility rate on the continent differs significantly between regions but overall remains above the replacement rate and Asian population is expected to continue to increase steadily towards the five-billion mark.

Asian Flora and Fauna

The immense and diverse territory of Asia provides a habitat for a great variety of plant and animal life. The vast expanse of the Siberian tundra is covered with shrubs, sedges, grasses, mosses, and lichens, while the mostly coniferous taiga is dominated by larch, pine and spruce but also features aspen, birch, maple, ash, elm and linden. Further south the rainforests and swamps of southern Asia are home to a rich biodiversity equal to that of the Congo and the Amazon with thousands of plant species. Asian fauna is equally diverse with thousands of species of fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and insects, many of them endemic and iconic of Asia including the tiger, orangutan and panda. Numerous national parks and nature reserves have been established to protect this rich biodiversity.

Invitation to Asia

We hope you will enjoy our quiz on Asia, further your interest in this diverse continent and maybe even embark on a trip for an in-person experience. Despite political instability in some regions, Asia is open to tourism and organized trips are generally considered safe. The continent receives hundreds of millions of visitors each year and this number is projected to continue to grow in the coming decades.

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Ganges is a holy river.

The Ganges is a mighty river in northern India. It rises in western Himalayas and flows east, collecting waters of other major rivers. After crossing into Bangladesh, it is joined by Brahmaputra and takes a sharp turn south, emptying into the Bay of Bengal with a wide delta. Ganges is the the second-largest river on the planet by discharge, supporting a rich biodiversity and millions of people living in its basin. Numerous provincial and imperial capitals developed and continue to thrive on its banks.

While India has many holy rivers, Ganges is the holiest of them all. It is worshipped by a billion people as the Mother Ganga, an embodiment of life sustaining force, who originated from divine waters in the spiritual realm and descended to Earth. The Kumbh Mela festival, celebrated at various intervals, is a deep expression of devotion to the goddess with participants engaging in repeated purification baths, giving offerings to the river and praying for enlightenment. It is a mandatory pilgrimage for all Hindus. Dubbed the largest Act of Faith, the festival has been celebrated for thousands of years and is regularly attended by millions of people from all over India.

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