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Eurasia is an immense landmass covering about 53,990,000 km² (or about 10.6%) of the Earth's surface. Often reckoned as a single continent, Eurasia comprises the traditional continents of Europe and Asia, concepts which date back to classical antiquity and the borders for which are somewhat arbitrary. Eurasia, in turn, is part of the yet larger landmass of Africa-Eurasia, whereby Asia is joined to Africa at the Isthmus of Suez. Eurasia can refer to: Eurasia, landmass containing the traditional continents of Europe and Asia Eurasia (Nineteen Eighty-Four) the fictional superstate or country Eurasia (building), skyscraper under construction in Moscow, Russia Eurasia Foundation Eurasian Plate, geological plate Eurasian, also Euroasian or Euro-Asian can mean: // Adjective referring to the continent... File links The following pages link to this file: Eurasia Categories: GFDL images ... File links The following pages link to this file: Eurasia Categories: GFDL images ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2048x1529, 1404 KB) A Two Point Equidistant projection of Asia. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2048x1529, 1404 KB) A Two Point Equidistant projection of Asia. ... Image File history File links Euro-Afro-Asiatic aspect of the Blue Marble Source: http://earthobservatory. ... Image File history File links Euro-Afro-Asiatic aspect of the Blue Marble Source: http://earthobservatory. ... The Blue Marble is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on 7 December 1972 by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft at a distance of about 45,000 kilometers or about 28,000 miles. ... A landmass is a large continuous area of land. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... Animated, colour-coded map showing the various continents. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... Classical antiquity is a broad term for a long period of cultural history centered on the Mediterranean Sea, which begins roughly with the earliest-recorded Greek poetry of Homer (7th century BC), and continues through the rise of Christianity and the fall of the Western Roman Empire (5th century AD... Africa-Eurasia plus associated islands. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...

Eurasia has in excess of 4.6 billion people, more than 69% of the world's human population.


History and culture

Jared Diamond, in his book Guns, Germs, and Steel, credits Eurasia's dominance in world history to the east-west extent of Eurasia and its climate zones, and the availability of Eurasian animals and plants suitable for domestication. Jared Mason Diamond (b. ... Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a 1997 book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at UCLA. In 1998 it won a Pulitzer Prize and the Aventis Prize for Best Science Book. ... Dogs and sheep were among the first animals to be domesticated. ...

The Silk Road symbolizes trade and cultural exchange linking Eurasian cultures through history and has been an increasingly popular topic. Over recent decades the idea of a greater Eurasian history has developed with the aim of investigating the genetic, cultural and linguistic relationships between European and Asian cultures of antiquity. These had long been considered distinct. The Silk Road extending from Southern Europe through Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India till China. ... By the time of the Roman Empire, the Silk Road was firmly established. ... Linguistics is the scientific study of language, which can be theoretical or applied. ...

Eurasia was first circumnavigated by Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld in 1878-79. “Round the world” redirects here. ... Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld by Axel Jungstedt 1902 Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld with the Vega by Georg von Rosen Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld Baron (Nils) Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld [IPA: [nuːrdenʃɶld]], also known as A. E. Nordenskioeld (November 18, 1832, Helsinki... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Main article: Laurasia

Eurasia formed 325 to 375 million years ago. It formed when Siberia (once an independent continent), Kazakhstania, and Baltica (which was joined to Laurentia (now North America) to form Euramerica) joined. Chinese cratons collided with Siberia's southern coast. Laurasia was a supercontinent that most recently existed as a part of the split of the Pangaean supercontinent in the late Mesozoic era. ... Siberia (Sometimes called Angara) is the craton located in the heart of the region of Siberia. ... Kazakhstania, also known as the Kazakhstan Block, is a small continental region in the interior of Asia. ... Baltica (green) Baltica is a Late Proterozoic-Early Palaeozoic continent that now includes the East European craton of northwestern Eurasia. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Euramerica (also known as Laurussia) was a minor supercontinent created in the Devonian by the collision of Laurentia and Baltica (Scandian Orogeny). ...

Use of term

In modern usage, the term "Eurasian" generally refers to a person of both European and Asian parentage, especially in new world countries such as the United States and Canada.[citation needed]

Located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres, Eurasia is considered a supercontinent, part of the supercontinent of Africa-Eurasia or simply a continent in its own right. In plate tectonics, the Eurasian Plate includes Europe and most of Asia but not the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian Peninsula or the area of the Russian Far East east of the Chersky Range. Eurasia is also sometimes used in geopolitics as a neutral way to refer to organizations of or affairs concerning the post-Soviet states, in particular Russia, the Central Asian republics, and the Transcaucasian republics. The eastern hemisphere of Earth, highlighted in yellow. ... Northern hemisphere highlighted in yellow. ... In geology, a supercontinent is a land mass comprising more than one continental core, or craton. ... Africa-Eurasia plus associated islands. ... The tectonic plates of the world were mapped in the second half of the 20th century. ...  The Eurasian plate, shown in green The Eurasian Plate is a tectonic plate covering Eurasia (a landmass consisting of the traditional continents of Europe and Asia) except that it does not cover the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian subcontinent, and the area east of the Verkhoyansk Range in East Siberia. ... Map of South Asia (see note) This article deals with the geophysical region in Asia. ... The Arabian Peninsula Emirets towers in United Arab Emirates; the eastern part of Arabian Penisula The Arabian Peninsula (in Arabic: شبه الجزيرة العربية, or جزيرة العرب) is a peninsula in Southwest Asia at the junction of Africa and Asia consisting mainly of desert. ... Far Eastern Federal District (highlighted in red) Russian Far East (Russian: Д́альний Вост́ок Росс́ии; English transliteration: Dalny Vostok Rossii) is an informal term that refers to the Russian part of the Far East, i. ... The Chersky Range is a chain of mountains in northeastern Siberia. ... Geopolitics is the study which analyses geography, history and social science with reference to international politics. ... Post-Soviet states in alphabetical order: 1. ... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ... South Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan South Caucasus (also referred sometimes as Transcaucasus) is a name to the transitional region between Europe and Asia extending from the Greater Caucasus to the Turkish and Iranian borders, between the Black and Caspian seas. ...

Europeans traditionally considered Europe and Asia to be separate continents, with the dividing line placed along the Aegean Sea, Dardanelles, Sea of Marmara, Bosporus, Black Sea, Caucasus Mountains, Caspian Sea, Ural River, and Ural Mountains, and this terminology has spread to the rest of the world, even though Asia contains multiple regions and cultures as large and populous as Europe, and as different and geographically separated from each other as they are from Europe. From a modern perspective in scientific circles people generally prefer to subsume Europe and Asia into Eurasia.[citation needed] Look up Aegean Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Map of the Dardanelles The Dardanelles (Turkish: Çanakkale Boğazı, Greek: Δαρδανέλλια, Dardanellia), formerly known as the Hellespont (Greek: Eλλήσποντος, Hellespontos), is a narrow strait in northwestern Turkey connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. ... Map of the Sea of Marmara Satellite view of the Sea of Marmara The Sea of Marmara (Turkish: Marmara Denizi, Modern Greek: Θάλασσα του Μαρμαρά or Προποντίδα) (also known as the Sea of Marmora or the Marmara Sea) is an inland sea that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea, thus separating the... I LOVE BORAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Two bridges cross the Bosporus. ... For other uses, see Black Sea (disambiguation). ... The Caucasus Mountains are a mountain system between the Black and Caspian seas in the Caucasus region, usually considered the southeastern limit of Europe. ... The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on Earth by area, variously classed as the worlds largest lake or a full-fledged sea. ... The Ural (Russian: , Kazakh: Жайық, Jayıq or Zhayyq), known as Yaik before 1775, is a river flowing through Russia and Kazakhstan. ... Map of the Ural Mountains The Ural Mountains (Russian: , Uralskiye gory) (also known as the Urals, the Riphean Mountains in Greco-Roman antiquity, and known as the Stone Belt) are a mountain range that runs roughly north and south through western Russia. ... The definition of continental subregions in use by the United Nations. ...

Use in fiction

Eurasia is a fictional country, state or supranational entity appearing in several works of fantasy, literature and science fiction, including books, movies, television series and video games: Map of the Land of Oz, the fictional country in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Map of the fictional island of Sodor used in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories Fictitious countries used in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four A guidebook produced about the fictional country Molvanîa... For other uses, see State (disambiguation). ... Supranationalism is a method of decision-making in international organizations, wherein power is held by independent appointed officials or by representatives elected by the legislatures or people of the member states. ...

  • A Eurasia comprising approximately the same land area as the real-life landmass appears in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. This superstate excludes Britain and Ireland (both controlled by Oceania) and Eastasia, the latter of which was formed after a 'decade of confused fighting' by an alliance of the states of the real-life East Asia region, the most important two being China and Japan. India was a contested border zone between Eurasia and Oceania and was the most famous state involved.
  • In S. M. Stirling's dystopian Draka alternative history series, the analogue to World War II is known as "The Eurasian War". Somewhat similar in its geography to Orwell's scenario, the war ends with most of Eurasia—excluding the British Isles, India and southeast Asia—being conquered by the extremely oppressive Draka who literally enslave everybody else.
  • Eurasia is also used as the name of the fictional space colony that Mega Man and Zero must stop from colliding with Earth in the video game Mega Man X5.
  • The fictional character of Butler, from the Artemis Fowl series of novels by author Eoin Colfer, is a large Eurasian bodyguard.

Eurasia is purple on the fictitious 1984 world map Eurasia is one of three superstates in George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the others being Eastasia and Oceania. ... Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 [1] [2] – 21 January 1950), better known by the pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. ... This article is about the Orwell novel. ... Oceania is red on the fictitious 1984 world map Note: At the end of the novel, there are news reports that Oceania has captured all of Africa, though as propaganda, the credibility of the reports are uncertain. ... Eastasia is green on the fictitious 1984 world map Eastasia is one of the three superstates in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the others being Oceania and Eurasia. ... East Asia Geographic East Asia. ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... Solution Unsatisfactory is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... Stephen Michael Stirling is an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... The Domination is a dystopian alternate history series by S. M. Stirling. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Earth 2140 is a 2D real-time strategy game created in 1997 by Polish-based Topware Interactive (now Zuxxez Interactive). ... Earth 2150 is a real-time strategy game, originally published in 2000 by SSI and the Polish developer Reality Pump and a sequel to the largely unknown Earth 2140. ... Earth 2160 is a real time strategy (RTS) computer game, the third in the Earth series and developed by Reality Pump studios. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... The Cosmic Era is the fictional timeline of the anime television series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and its spinoff projects. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ), shortened to Gundam SEED, is an anime television series by Sunrise and Bandai Visual. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of the eight ecozones dividing the Earth surface (see map). ... Laurasia was a supercontinent that most recently existed as a part of the split of the Pangaean supercontinent in the late Mesozoic era. ... Euramerica (also known as Laurussia) was a minor supercontinent created in the Devonian by the collision of Laurentia and Baltica (Scandian Orogeny). ... Baltica (green) Baltica is a Late Proterozoic-Early Palaeozoic continent that now includes the East European craton of northwestern Eurasia. ... A current understanding of Western Europe. ... Flag of EurAsEC The Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC or EAEC) was put into motion on 10 October 2000 when Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan signed the treaty. ... Neo-Eurasianism is a Russian school of thought, initiated by Konstantin Leontyev and developed by Lev Gumilev, that thinks of Russia as culturally and ethnically closer to Central Asia than to Europa. ... Eurasian, also Euroasian or Euro-Asian can mean: Eurasian may be used as a slang term to refer to people of Asian decent, living in European countries who have no other traits of being Asian other then the fact that they look it. ... Africa-Eurasia plus associated islands. ... West Eurasia is an area bounded by the Sahara and the Indian Ocean to the south, the Atlantic to the west, and the Arctic Ocean to the north. ...

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