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The continent of Asia is defined by subtracting Europe and Africa from the great land mass of Africa-Eurasia.

The boundaries are vague, especially between Asia and Europe: Asia and Africa meet somewhere near the Suez Canal.

The boundary between Asia and Europe runs via the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, the Black Sea, the ridges of the Caucasus (according to others, through the Kuma-Manych Depression), the Caspian Sea, the Ural River (according to others, the Emba River) and the Ural Mountains to Novaya Zemlya. About 60% of the world's population live in Asia.

The Commonwealth of Australia is the sixth largest country in the world (geographically), the only one to occupy an entire continent, and the largest in Australasia. Australia includes the island of Tasmania, which is an Australian State. New Zealand is to the southeast; and Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor to its north. The name 'Australia' comes from the Latin phrase terra australis incognita ("unknown southern land", see Terra Australis). Traditionally Australia and New Zealand are known as "the Antipodes" in the UK and Ireland.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia articles Asia & Australia.

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