Asia: A World of Discoveries and Adventure Physical GeograpY

Asia is home to the world's highest plateau, the third longest river on the Earth, the second saltiest body of water on the world, and 90% of the Earth's highest peaks. Come venture with us to see all of these places and more!


The Himalayas is one of the most amazing mountain ranges in the world. It includes 9 of the 10 highest peaks in the world. Additionally, one of the Himalayas' mountains is Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, reaching 29,029 feet above sea level. The Himalayas help Asia by providing many resources, such as crops, and timber. Along with that, they provide water by being the source of most of Asia's major rivers. The Himalayas also have a cultural impact on Asia due to the fact that it is the birthplace of Buddha and is full of sacred sites.


Have you ever thought that you would have the opportunity to be standing on the "roof of the world?" You can, if you travel to the Plateu of Tibet, the highest plateu in the world. It reaches the height of 16,000 feet. This outstanding physical feature provides water for more than half of Asia with it's 37,000 glaciers. It's ecosystem has barely any large trees or plants, but does have some grasses and flowers. This environment supports many animals such as tigers and wild buffalo.


Located in Central Asia, the Taklamakan Desert is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world. You would definitely be able to figure out something to do in this 600 mile long desert. You could look for gazelles, wild boars, wolves, foxes, and many others while on your adventure. Although it can get up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in this sandy paradise, it sure is worth the trip to see these amazing sights.


In the Gobi Desert, you can take tours and walk in the parks to see the outstanding wildlife. You may spot Gobi brown bears, wild mountain sheep and more. The Gobi Desert also is home to fossilized dinosaur beds. It is the fifth largest desert in the world, and it consists of both snow and sand. Additionally, it has an important role in history as part of the great Mongol Empire, and was the location of several essential cities in the Silk Road.


The North China Plain is a large alluvial fan in northern China that you will absolutely want to visit. The plain was formed along the shore of the Yellow River by deposits of the Yellow River, the Huai, Hai, and a few other minor rivers of northern China. This 158,000 mi.² plain is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Throughout history, widespread flooding has happened approximately every two out of three years, so make sure when you book your travels here you go on a year when it's not flooded.


Huang He River also known as the Yellow River is the third longest river in Asia and the sixth longest in the world, estimating 5464 km or 3395 miles in length. You may be wondering why it's called the Yellow River. This is because the river is literally yellow. Large amounts of loose sediment, silt, turned the water that color. It makes this wonderful river a must see site for any journey to Asia. This river has also had a large role in history. For starters, it's basin was the birthplace of the of the ancient Chinese civilization and it was the most sucessful region of early Chinese history. It also had a role in World War II, Chinese troops under Chaing Kai-Shek broke the leaves off the Hong He in order to capture and stop the massive Japanese troops from invading. This resulted in a massive flood and the death toll of invaders exceeded 900,000.

Chang Jiang (Yangzi) River

While in China, you should definitely visit the longest river in China and Asia, and the third longest river in the world, with a length of 3,915 miles. 75% of the River course runs through mountains. The Yangtze River is the most important river of China it is the countries made waterway in its face and is trying to great granary and contains nearly a third of the natural population. The river serves as a border between 10 providences or regions. 


The Bay of Bengal is a must see site in Asia is 300 miles long and 1000 miles wide. It has numerous large river systems stream into its waters including Ganges and Irrawaddy. The bank it's self was formed as an Indian subcontinent collided with Asia within the past 50 million years. Make sure you go in the weather is nice because that's not very often. They have been girl as the area is ravished by having distractive tornadoes are common in the spring and fall months bringing intense wins and severe flooding.


Do you ever wonder how the Dead Sea died it's name? Well it's not much of a surprise there is no marine life in the Dead Sea the high mineral and salt content of the water makes it impossible for fisher plants to survive. The second saltiest body of water with 33% of the comtients salt is almost 3,000,000 years old. What makes this depressing destination a must see spot is that it has the lowest elevation on Earth.


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