The largest and most populous of
world's continents, considered as being divided from Europe by the Ural
mountains and the Caspian Sea, the world's greatest lake in volume of water. The
Isthmus of Suez connects Asia to Africa. The Asian continent shelters the
highest elevation point in the Planet: the Mount Everest with 8,848 meters high,
located in the border of China and Nepal. The world's largest metropolitan area
is also located in Asia: Tokyo-Yokohama, in Japan, with more than 30 million
Asia, however, is more of a
geographic term, of secular tradition, than a continent itself. Sometimes Asia
is put in a bigger continent: the Eurasia, that includes Europe.
Mahal, in Agra - India
The Taj Mahal was built between 1631 and 1648, by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan
(1627 - 1658) as a memorial and mausoleum to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, also known
as Arjumand, that died in 1631, because of childbirth complications.
It is a magnificent architectural complex, comprising of a main gateway, a
mosque, a garden, a guest house and the mausoleum.
Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort until
his death. He was later buried in the Taj, sharing the mausoleum with his wife.
The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, the old capital of the Mughal empire, north of
India, about two and a half hours by train from New Delhi. It was designated a
UNESCO World Heritage site, in 1983. Sea a
map of India.
Klyuchevskaya Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia (on October 1, 1994), Space
Shuttle astronauts successfully took a series of photographs of Klyuchevskaya
Volcano erupting near the east-central coast of Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.
This southeast-looking photograph was made as the spacecraft was approaching the
volcano from the west. The dark, ash-laden plume rose to an estimated altitude
of 10 to 14 km and drifted southeast of the volcano. Both lava and ash
explosions occurred during this eruption. Klyuchevskaya Volcano is reported to
be Kamchatka’s highest (4750 meters above sea level) and most active volcano.
Small steam or ash plumes are also visible from subsidiary vents or craters
immediately south of the major eruption zone. Other snow-covered stratovolcanoes
appear in this complex cluster of volcanoes. The Kamchatka River Valley is seen
in the foreground—first as it flows northward, then as it flows eastward,
finally emptying into Kamchatka Bay. The blue waters of the Bering Sea are off
the east coast of Kamchatka Peninsula (Photo and text by NASA).
St. John's Crypt in the Hospitaller Quarter. The crusaders underground citadel
in Acre, Israel.
Indus River Valley, Pakistan (NASA, March
1994). Two major physiographic features appear in this south-southeast-looking,
high-oblique photograph of southern Pakistan—the Indus River and its floodplain
and the southeastern end of the complex Makran Mountain Range. The Indus River
and its highly cultivated floodplain produce a variety of grain crops and
cotton. Annual rainfall varies from year to year and usually does not exceed 50
cm, therefore, Pakistan, like Egypt with its Nile River,
depends on the Indus River for water. The dark Indus River floodplain is
bordered on the east by the Thar Desert (Great Indian Desert) and the highly
reflective (white) area in India known as the Great Rann of Kutch (large salt
marsh); on the west it is bordered by the complex, folded Makran Mountain Range.
Karachi, the major port city on the Arabian Sea and former capital, is located
along the western edge of the Indus River floodplain. The large peninsula
southeast of the mouths of the Indus River is the Kathiawar Peninsula of India,
the home of the only remaining Asian lions.
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