The name of the continent of Asia was derived from a word in Ancient Greek and was used in Herodutus' Histories in 440 B.C. It is speculated that the name was in use long before its first appearance in text, but may have initially referred to only a small area of land on the eastern end of the Aegean Sea in an area referred to as Assuwa by the Hittites.Know More
The origin of the name Asia may have roots that lie further back in history with possible derivations which are Aegean, Akkadian or Phoenician in nature. The Aegean word "Asis" was first used to refer to the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea. A potential Akkadian root is in the word "asu" which may mean "light" or "rising", which is thought to refer to the sunrise which rises from the east. The Phoenician word "asu," meaning "east," is another possible root for the Greek usage of Asia. When combined, the two meanings of "Asu" would mean that Asia refers to "the land of the sunrise."
The Romans also adopted the usage of "Asia" and further divided the continent into two provinces, "Asia Minor" and "Asia Major." Asia shares its name with a female deity in Greek legend.Learn more about Asia
Asia is in the Northern hemisphere, except for parts of Indonesia. Asia is the largest and most populated of the seven continents. Asia also lies entirely in the Eastern hemisphere.Full Answer >
There are many endangered species in Asia, including fish such as the Sompong's rasbora of Thailand, mammals such as the south China tiger, primates such Sumatran orangutan of Indonesia, reptiles such as the Red River giant softshell turtle and birds such as the spoon-billed sandpiper. As of February 2015, some of these animals, such as the Sumatran elephant and the Yangtze finless porpoise, are considered critically endangered.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Asia has a wide variety of climates because of its huge size. Asia has some of the coldest places in the world as well as some of the hottest, driest and wettest places.Full Answer >