Countries in Asia: Afghanistan
, East Timor
, Hong Kong
, North Korea
, Papua New Guinea
, Saudi Arabia
, South Korea
, Sri Lanka
, United Arab Emirates
Where is Asia?
This is a political map of Asia which shows the countries of Asia along with capital cities, major cities, islands, oceans, seas, and gulfs. The map was created by the Central Intelligence Agency using an azimuthal equal-area projection. Additionally, we have a CIA Map of the World
which can also be downloaded as a large pan-and-zoom PDF document.
This physical map of Asia shows the continent in shaded relief. Perhaps the most striking feature of the map is the dark brown region in southern China, which indicates the high elevation of the Kunlun Mountains, the Plateau of Tibet, and the Himalayan Mountains. These features were formed millions of years ago, when the Indian land mass collided with the Eurasian plate. You can also see the Ural Mountains trending north to south; they mark part of the conventional boundary between Asia and Europe.
Google Earth is a free program from Google that allows you to explore satellite images showing the cities and landscapes of Asia and the rest of the world in fantastic detail. It works on your desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. The images in many areas are detailed enough that you can see houses, vehicles and even people on a city street. Google Earth is free and easy-to-use.
Asia is one of 7 continents illustrated on our Blue Ocean Laminated Map of the World. This map shows a combination of political and physical features. It includes country boundaries, major cities, major mountains in shaded relief, ocean depth in blue color gradient, along with many other features. This is a great map for students, schools, offices and anywhere that a nice map of the world is needed for education, display or decor.
If you are interested in the geography of Asia, our large laminated map of Asia might be just what you need. It is a large political map of Asia that also shows many of the continent's physical features in color or shaded relief. Major lakes, rivers, cities, roads, country boundaries, coastlines and surrounding islands are all shown on the map.
Map of the Asian Continent:
In the map of Asia at the top of this page, the continent is bisected by the 90 degrees east longitude line. It is a two-point equidistant projection with loci at 45 degrees north, 40 degrees east; and, 30 degrees north and 110 degrees east. Distances from these two points to any location on the map are correct. National Geographic has used this projection for all maps of Asia in their atlases since 1959. This type of map was selected to minimize distortion across the continent. It nicely shows all of Asia, the Middle East, most of Europe, and parts of Africa, Indonesia and Australia.
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Asia Continent Information:
Asia is a continent in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It is located east of Europe, north of the Indian Ocean, and it is bordered on the east by the Pacific Ocean and on the north by the Arctic Ocean. Asia includes the Philippine Archipelago and Indonesia.
Ashgabat, Astana, Bangkok, Banglaore, Beijing, Bishkek, Bombay, Calcutta, Chittagong, Colombo, Dili, Dushanbe, Hanoi, Hyderabad, Indore, Islamabad, Jakarta, Kabul, Kakutsk, Kanpur, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Lanzhou, Madras, Manila, Nanchang, New Delhi, Ohaka, Patna, Phnom Penh, P'yongyang, Sapporo, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tashkent, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Yangon.
Andaman Sea, Arabian Sea, Aral Sea, Arctic Ocean, Banda Sea, Barents Sea, Bay of Bengal, Bering Sea, Caspian Sea, East China Sea, East Siberian Sea, Indian Ocean, Java Sea, Kara Sea, Lake Baikal, Lake Balkhash, Laptev Sea, Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea, Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk and Yellow Sea.
Asia Natural Resources:
Asia has enormous amounts of virtually untapped fossil fuel, metal and industrial mineral resources.
Asia Natural Hazards:
Asia has a wide range of natural hazards. Please consult the hazards list for specific countries.
Asia Environmental Issues:
Asia has a wide range of environmental issues. Please consult the environmental issues list for specific countries.
Copyright information: The images on this page were composed by Angela King and Brad Cole and are copyright by Geology.com. These images are not available for use beyond our websites. If you would like to share them with others please link to this page. The satellite image was produced using Landsat data from NASA and the map was produced using data licensed from and copyright by Map Resources.