Rice fields in Bali, Indonesia

Asian wildlife

Asia covers a vast area that reaches almost halfway round the Earth from east to west. As you'd expect with such a huge land area, it contains a diverse array of habitats. Biogeographically, Asia is part of the Eurasian landmass and some species - such as bears and golden eagles - are found on both continents. Asia began to take its present form about 50-55 million years ago when the Indian tectonic plate collided with the main body of Asia, birthing the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau and cutting the warm south off from the cold heart of the continent.

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