Physical Geogrpahy of Asia Addy Koebcke

Himalayas/Mount. Everest

The Himalayahs are found in 5 countries: Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, and Pakistan. It has 9/10 of the highest peaks including Mt. Everest. It is a source of some of Asia's major rivers, and helps regulate our planet's climate. The Himalayas are 420,500 miles long, and the height of Mount Everest is 29,029 feet. Mount. Everest is a beautiful landscape that has only been climbed by a small portion of people. You should be the next person to climb it!

Plateau of Tibet "Roof of the World"

The mountains and forests of Tibet are home to a vast range of animal life, including 142 species of mammals, 473 species of birds, 49 species of reptiles, 44 species of amphibians, 64 species of fish and more than 2,300 species of insects. Animals include the assamese monkey, leopards, clouded leopards, black bears, wild cats, weasels, river deer, white-lipped deer, wild yaks, Tibetan antelopes, wild donkeys, Mongolian gazelles, Tibetan eagles, Himalayan mouse hares, Himalayan ravens, foxes, wolves, lynxes, brown bears, blue sheep, and snow leopards. Tibet is located to the south-west of China, also bordering India, Nepal, Burma and Bhutan. Tibet's rivers supply fresh water to billions of Asia's people.

Taklimakan Desert

The Taklimakan Desert extends about 600 miles from west to east. It has a maximum width of 260 miles (420 km) and a total area of approximately 123,550 square miles. Plants and animals are both rare here. Among the dunes, thin thickets of tamarisk, nitre bushes, and reeds may be found. gazelles are found in open spaces, and there are wild boars in river-valley thickets. Wolves and foxes are among the carnivores. Until the beginning of the 20th century, tigers could still be found there. Rare animals include the Siberian deer, which inhabits the Tarim River valley, and the wild camel. There are a large number of rabbits, gerbils, and field mice in the sand dunes; the long-eared hedgehog and bats are common. Small, tufted larks and the Tarim jay are the most common birds. The annual temperatures range of about 70 ° Precipitation is extremely low, ranging from 1.5 inches per year in the west to 0.4 inch annually in the east. The air temperature in the summer is high, rising to as much as 100 °F. This desert is situated in the middle of the largest Basin, Tarim, in Xinjiang Province. Although this desert would be very hot and humid, it would be an interesting place to visit; you should go there!

Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert is 500,000 miles squared. Animals in the desert include the Jerboa, the Central Asian Viper, the Bactrian Camel, and the Snow Leopard. Shrubs in the Gobi Desert are called the Saxaul, Wild Onion Bindweed, and Saltwort. Its ecosystem is an arid region in northern China and southern Mongolia. Did you know that Gobi means "Waterless Place"? Only 5% of this desert is actually sand dunes, and it is the fifth largest desert in the world.

North China Plain

This plain covers about 158,000 square miles, most of which is below 160 feet. It is a large alluvial plain of northern China, that is based on deposits of the yellow river. The plain is bordered on the north by the Yanshan Mountains and on the west by the Taihang Mountains. Some animals include frogs, cheetahs, several species of birds, and different insects.

Huang He River (Yellow River)

This river is 3,395 miles in length. The animals in this river are catfish, carp, and Northern Bronze Gudgeons. The Yellow River is located in Qinghai and is the second longest river in the world. The reason this river has the name "Yellow River" is because of the silt that it picks up. This river supplies water to 155 million people, which is 12% of China's population. It irrigates 18 million acres, which is 15% of China's farmland. In my opinion, experiencing a literal,yellow river would be exciting.

Chang Jiang (Yangzi) River

This river is 3,915 miles long. It is the longest river in Asia, and the 3rd longest in the world. A Chinese Alligator, Yangtze River Dolphin, Yangtze giant soft shell turtle, Chinese giant salamander, Chinese paddle fish, and a Yangtze Sturgen all live in the Chang Jiang River. It flows from the Plateau of Tibet in Western China to the East China Sea at Shanghai.

Bay of Bengal

The length of this Bay is 838,600 miles squared. The skipjack tuna, yellowfish tuna, and Indo pacific humpback dolphins are animals that inhabit the Bay. It forms the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean. Roughly triangular, it is bordered mostly by India and Sri Lanka. It is the longest Bay in the world and gets an annual average of 3,000-3,800 mm of rain.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea 11 miles wide and stretches over 40 miles. Because the sea is so salty, it prevents many organisms from living there. It is 1,240 feet deep, and the lowest point on earth. It is also one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth, borders Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. Although there is no life within the Dead Sea, many people still take vacations there. You can be one of those people!

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