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  Asia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The demarcation between Asia and Africa is the isthmus of Suez (though the Sinai Peninsula, being a part of Egypt east of the canal, is often geopolitically considered a part of Africa).
The boundary between Asia and Europe runs via the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, to the Black Sea, the Caucasus Mountains, the Caspian Sea, the Ural River to its source, and the Ural Mountains to the Kara Sea at Kara, Russia.
Asia is by a considerable margin the largest continent in the world, and is rich in natural resources, such as Petroleum and iron.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Asia   (1656 words)

 Southwest Asia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Southwest Asia (often called the Middle East) is the southwestern part of Asia.
The term "West Asia" has however become the preferred term of use for the Middle East in countries such as India, possibly because of the perceived Eurocentrism of the term "Middle East".
Anatolia, Arabia, Levant, and Mesopotamia are subregions of Southwest Asia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/West_Asia   (165 words)

Asia is the largest of the continents, having a geographic area of about 17,000,000 square miles, or about one-third of the whole of the dry land.
On the north, Asia is bounded by the Arctic Ocean; on the east, by the Pacific Ocean; on the south by the Indian Ocean, and on the West by Europe, the Black Sea, the Greek Archipelago, the Mediterranean, and the Red Sea.
Asia is the cradle and the primitive home of Christianity; for it was in its extreme south-western borders, i.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/01777b.htm   (4231 words)

 HIMAL SOUTH ASIAN | January 2003 | Asia Special | The Un-Continent of Asia
The Roman conquest of West Asia from the first century BCE briefly displaced Greek influence along the eastern Mediterranean coast, while further to the east, the rise of the Sasanians in the fourth century CE revived Persian influence in the Graeco-Asian interior.
As West Asia approached the modern era, the two most important powers were the Safavid empire of Persia and the Ottoman Turks who had replaced the Byzantine empire in the eastern Mediterranean.
Prior to that, Central Asia was simultaneously the habitat of nomads and the crucible of empires.
www.himalmag.com /2003/january/asia_special_1.htm   (4383 words)

 FORE: Disciplines-Policy-Regional Analysis-West Asia
West Asia was first politically unified by the Muslim caliphate, an empire built in the seventh century by the followers of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.
The unusual focus on this conflict is primarily due to the economic value of West Asian oil and the historical significance of Jerusalem to the Jewish and Muslim populations of West Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Violent conflicts in West Asia are typically driven by the desire to own valuable natural resources (e.g., water, oil, land), yet the resulting conflicts often lead to the depletion and/or pollution of the very natural resources that they seek to preserve.
environment.harvard.edu /religion/disciplines/policy/regionalanalysis/westasia.html   (6766 words)

 Alternative Policy Study: Water Resource Management in West Asia
The water stress experienced by the countries of West Asia in 1995 is expressed in table 4 as the percentage of available water resources actually used.
West Asia is located in an arid region; 80 per cent of its land is classified as desert or semi-desert.
It is suggested that each country of West Asia appoint a national council, if not yet existing, whose members are ministers responsible for water resource development, management and utilisation, to coordinate at the highest political level and formulate the overall water policy of the country.
www.grida.no /geo2000/aps-wasia/index.htm   (5317 words)

 West Nile Virus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
West Nile encephalitis is an infection of the brain caused by West Nile virus, a flavivirus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East.
West Nile encephalitis is NOT transmitted from person-to-person.
Infected mosquitoes are the primary source for West Nile virus and caused the recent outbreak in the New York City metropolitan area.
edcp.org /html/wn.html   (2231 words)

 Knowledge at Wharton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The West Asian economy also is characterized by huge disparities in personal incomes between the wealthy and the poor, inconsistent educational systems and the marginalization of women in the workforce.
Among his suggestions for helping West Asia was the establishment of a regional trade block, similar to the European Union.
Millions of West Asians who fled the region for Europe or the United States over the past several decades — the West Asian diaspora — should return home with their hard currency and experience, and push for needed political and economic reforms.
knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu /120501_ssWA.html   (1016 words)

 West Asian History - History for Kids!
West Asia is also sometimes called the Near East or the Middle East: it is the part of Asia that is closest to the Mediterranean Sea.
It covers all the land between modern Turkestan in the north, Afghanistan in the east, the Persian Gulf in the south, and the Mediterranean Sea in the west.
West Asia was one of the first places where people farmed and lived in towns; it was also one of the first places that had kings and built cities.
www.historyforkids.org /learn/westasia/history/history.htm   (419 words)

 CDC: West Nile Virus - QA: Overview of West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus is a flavivirus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East.
West Nile Fever is another type of illness that can occur in people who become infected with the virus.
The continued expansion of West Nile virus in the United States indicates that it is permanently established in the Western Hemisphere.
www.cdc.gov /ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/overview.htm   (446 words)

West Asia, as a strategic sub-system of the world, encompasses what in the heyday of the British Empire was termed as the Near East and the Middle East.
In terms of strategic dynamics, it is significant that United States military offensives in 1991, and 2003 took place in West Asia when the erstwhile Soviet Union as a countervailing power had disintegrated by 1991 and in 2003, Russia as the successor state was not yet resurgent to challenge the United States head-on.
West Asia, regrettably, is not a witness for any such “grand strategy” vision of the United States, working for lasting peace and political stability.
www.saag.org /papers7/paper695.html   (2021 words)

 GEO Year Book 2004
Two environmental issues dominated in West Asia in 2004: water scarcity in cities and the impact of conflict on the environment.
Some 80 per cent of the land area of West Asia is classified as semi-desert or desert.
The total irrigated agricultural area in West Asia is about 7 345 thousand ha, of which 48 per cent is in Iraq.
www.unep.org /geo/yearbook/yb2004/055.htm   (275 words)

 West Asia (from Asia) --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
West Asia includes the highlands of Anatolia, the Caucasus, and the Armenian and Iranian highlands.
The physical separation of that empire into East and West had been emphasized by the settlement of the Slavs in the Balkan Peninsula and in Greece, and since the 7th century the...
It is bounded by the Greek mainland on the west, Asia Minor (now Turkey) on the east, and the island of Crete on the south.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-48141   (894 words)

 Central Asia: West   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Other tribes descended from the Dahae probably were the Sakae who ruled Bactria (see Afghanistan), Mathura and other areas in Central Asia and India during the end of the 1st millennium BCE and the beginning of the 1st CE.
The highlands of southern Central Asia, east of Uzbekistan, and astride the Xinjiang frontier.
An ancient region of Central Asia lying east of the Amu Darya (Oxus) River, the Kyzyl Kum Desert, and the western Pamir Mountains beyond Tashkent and Dushanbe, as far as the Afghan frontier.
www.hostkingdom.net /centasia.html   (2210 words)

 Southwest Asia -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Southwest Asia, or West Asia, is the southwestern part of (The largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations) Asia.
(A mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south) Afghanistan
(A theocratic islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil; involved in state-sponsored terrorism) Iran
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/so/southwest_asia.htm   (755 words)

 The Hindu : Lessons from West Asia
But the idea of the two-state solution has not died and still forms the central elements of all the peace-making efforts currently underway whether it be the Arab initiative, George W. Bush's vision for West Asia, the summit meeting that is being talked about or the diplomatic run-about of the Europeans.
What everyone, inside and outside the region, also acknowledges is that neither of the elected leaderships of the Israelis or the Palestinians is going to agree to a settlement along these lines unless and until pushed into it.
But for all this there is an important lesson in that the health of the rivals' institutions and the basic view about the other that is officially promoted are elements that have to be addressed in peace-making elsewhere.
www.hinduonnet.com /thehindu/2002/06/19/stories/2002061900291000.htm   (1220 words)

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The two wars in West Asia (1980-88 and 1990-91) and the risks of an impending third one have created grave threats to international peace and security.
The aim of HUGG West Asia will be to build sufficient trust and confidence among the states in the region to ultimately achieve (1) a non-aggression pact, (2) an arms control treaty, and (3) a long-range agreement for regional socio-economic, political, and cultural cooperation and development.
In its first workshop held in Istanbul on March 5-7, 1999, HUGG West Asia limited itself to a general discussion of the perspectives of the littoral Gulf states and the Great Powers policies towards the region.
www.toda.org /Default.aspx?PageID=144   (703 words)

 United Nations System-Wide EARTHWATCH > West Asia
The people of Asia and the Pacific are paying a heavy toll for the region’s environmental degradation—in human health and economic terms.
The State of the Environment in Asia and the Pacific 2000 is the fourth in a series of reports published every five years on environmental trends in the region.
The goal of the project is to raise awareness about human pressure on coral reefs and to provide resource managers with specific information and tools to manage coastal habitats more effectively.
www.un.org /earthwatch/westasia/index.html   (505 words)

 Forty-six million children out-of-school in South and East Asia: UNESCO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
More children are attending school than ever before in the countries of South and East Asia, but vast numbers of them drop out before the end of the primary cycle and the region still accounts for the world’s largest share of out-of-school children, according to a new report published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics*.
The South and East Asia Regional Report presents the latest education data for the region**, ranging from the Philippines in the East to Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the West, and including five of the world’s most populated nations.
Of all the countries in South and East Asia, Malaysia devotes the highest percentage of its GDP to education (6.2 percent), and Myanmar the lowest (1.4 percent).
portal.unesco.org /en/ev.php-URL_ID=18427&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html   (671 words)

 South West Asia Project
The South West Asia Project (SWAP) is a multi-year project at the Yale Center for Earth Observation originally funded by the NASA/MTPE Interdisciplinary Science Initiative.
The objective of SWAP is to quantify and monitor the processes shaping the landscapes of Southwest Asia.
The current phase of SWAP is focused toward understanding the water cycle in the Euphrates-Tigris watershed.
www.yale.edu /ceo/Projects/swap.html   (323 words)

 GEO-2000: Chapter Two: The State of the Environment - West Asia - Freshwater
In 1995, about 92.0 per cent of the water in West Asia was used in the agricultural sector, while 7.0 per cent was used for domestic purposes and 1.0 per cent for industry (ACSAD 1997b).
In the West Bank and Gaza, the water table is dropping at a rate of 10-20 cm a year (UNEP 1996).
The shallow, sandy aquifer that underlies the West Bank and Gaza is heavily over-pumped and becoming polluted.
www.grida.no /geo2000/english/0110.htm   (2032 words)

 Countries by Continent :: Destination Asia - Asian Countries
Asia is the largest continent in the world in both area and population.
Seven out of ten of the most populated countries are in Asia (2004).
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www.nationsonline.org /oneworld/asia.htm   (174 words)

 ColorQ's Color Club: Black Africans in West Asia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Many medieval sources refer to Africans in West Asia, but much of this literature is in Arabic.
Details like the number of subSaharan Africans were in Asia, which countries they came from, when the migration started/stopped, their distribution in various occupations, and intermarriage rates were not subjected to rigorous study by medieval Arab writers.
Some were descended from Africans who arrived in West Asia in the pre-modern era, while others are relatively recent immigrants.
www.colorq.org /MeltingPot/Asia/BlackWestAsians.htm   (962 words)

 Southwest Asia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Japan, was in place in Southwest Asia supporting Operation...
SDDC Southwest Asia is responsible for all surface...
The new unit assumed the Southwest Asia responsibilities of the 598th...
hallencyclopedia.com /Southwest_Asia   (433 words)

 GEO-2000: Chapter Two: The State of the Environment - West Asia
Over the next decade, urbanization, industrialization, a growing population, abuse of agrochemicals, uncontrolled fishing and hunting, war chemicals and military manoeuvres in the desert are expected to increase pressures on the region's fragile ecosystems and their endemic species.
Groundwater resources in West Asia in general and on the Arabian Peninsula in particular are in a critical condition because the volumes withdrawn far exceed natural recharge rates.
It is surrounded by four marine water bodies: the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf.
www.unep.org /Geo2000/english/0105.htm   (383 words)

 Star Asia International - Atlanta Far East Logistics Specialist [Freight Forwarders] :   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Star Asia is proud to announce the commencement of our 11th office in India at Cochin.
All the economic powerhouses of Asia are closer to Cochin than to any other Indian city.
Cochin, Queen of the Arabian Sea, because of her geo-strategic position, is now being developed as a multi-modal logistics hub to capitalize on that advantage, and as a hub to service the South Asian market.
www.star-asia.com   (339 words)

 Asia Times
In due course, it has to be concerned with the political maneuverings in West Asia.
This is because China's emphasis on modernization has required extensive financing and increasing access to oil in West Asia, especially Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran.
Although China imports mainly from West Asia, due to the region's political volatility it has also tried to diversify by reaching out to Russia, a rising oil exporter.
www.atimes.com /atimes/China/DK20Ad02.html   (1049 words)

 The history of Asia in general   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hartford Web Publishing is not the author of the documents in World History Archives and does not presume to validate their accuracy or authenticity nor to release their copyright.
The economic history of Asia as a whole
The culture history of Asia as a whole
www.hartford-hwp.com /archives/50/index.html   (106 words)

 Chapter 21. West Asia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The following countries and areas comprise the West Asia subregion: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Yemen[36] (Figure 21-1).
In general, these countries and areas are among those that are forest poor, with only 3.2 percent of the total areas under forest cover and less than 1 percent of the world's forest cover.
Six of the 21 countries and areas in West Asia provided national-level information on the forest area managed (Table 21-1).
www.fao.org /DOCREP/004/Y1997E/y1997e0q.htm   (2236 words)

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