24 Facts About South Asia

1. South Asia is broadly divided into six regions as shown on the map right.

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2. South Asia is the most rapidly deforested place in the world, even worse than the Amazon.

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3. History of Southeast South Asia has led to a wealth of different authors, from both within and without writing about the region.

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4. The second largest ethnic group in Southeast South Asia is Vietnamese with around 86 million population, mainly inhabit Vietnam forming significant minority in neighboring Cambodia and Laos.

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5. The majority of Southeast South Asia has a wet and dry season caused by seasonal shift in winds or monsoon.

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6. The highest mountain in Southeast South Asia is Hkakabo Razi at 5,967 meters and can be found in northern Burma sharing the same range of its parent peak, Mount Everest.

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7. The West South Asia was home to the first known human civilizations, such as Ancient Sumer and the ancient Assyrian, Babylonian, and Akkadian empires.

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8. South Asia is referred to as the Indian Subcontinent, separated from East Asia by the Himalayan Mountains between China and India and defined largely by the Indian Tectonic Plate on which its countries largely rest.

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9. South Asia is often divided into culturally and geographically similar regions.

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10. South Asia is the largest and most populous continent in the world, sharing borders with Europe and Africa to its West, Oceania to its South, and North America to its East.

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11. South Asia is home to many endangered animals such as the orang-utan in Borneo, the Chinese river dolphin or the dugong.

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12. South Asia has a population of around 1.8 billion people.

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13. South Asia currently accounts for approximately 6 percent of the global elderly population.

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14. In the 1950s fertility across South Asia was uniformly high.

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15. South Asia is the region approximately encompassed in the Indian subcontinent.

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16. South Asia is huge, and traveling through the region can be daunting for some travelers.

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17. South Asia can loosely be described as the eight nations around the Indian subcontinent, including the island nations of Sri Lanka and the Maldives that are situated south of India.

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18. In 2010, South Asia had the world's largest population of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs, about 510 million Muslims, as well as over 25 million Buddhists and 35 million Christians.

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19. South Asia is home to some of the most populated cities in the world.

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20. Population of South Asia is about 1.749 billion which makes it the most populated region in the world.

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21. South Asia is largely divided into four broad climate zones:.

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22. History of core South Asia begins with evidence of human activity of Homo sapiens, as long as 75,000 years ago, or with earlier hominids including Homo erectus from about 500,000 years ago.

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23. In 2010, South Asia had the world's largest population of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

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24. South Asia is bounded on the south by the Indian Ocean and on land by West Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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