The Khyber Pass is 33 miles long, 600 to 1,000 feet high and ranges from 600 feet to over a mile wide. The pass includes a caravan track as well as a railroad, which opened in 1925.Know More
The Khyber Pass is of enormous strategic importance, as it is one of the only easy ways through the Spin Ghar mountain range that separates Afghanistan and Pakistan. The path traces a gorge through these mountains that was formed by the passage of two streams.
The pass has offered a route for invading military forces for thousands of years. Darius I of Persia brought his armies through the pass in the 5th century, and Alexander the Great is thought to have used this pass as his troops marched through the region.Learn more about Asia
The capital city of Afghanistan is Kabul. Kabul has existed as a city for more than 3,500 years, and it has been Afghanistan's capital since 1776.Full Answer >
The largest desert in Asia is the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Desert spreads more than 800,000 square miles through Northern China and into Mongolia.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 >
The Republic of the Maldives is part of Southern Asia and consists of a group of small islands or atolls in the Indian Ocean. The island nation is located south-southwest of India, and it is situated at the geographic coordinates of 3 15 degrees North and 73 00 degrees East.Full Answer >