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The largest of the seven continents, Asia covers 17,139,445 square miles. It is bounded on the west by Europe; on the southwest by the Red, Black, and Mediterranean seas; on the east by the Pacific Ocean; on the north by the Arctic Ocean, and on the south by the Indian Ocean. Asia encompasses both the Middle East and the Far East. Turkey, China, Japan, and Vietnam are among the nations on the Asian mainland. Australia, the Philippines, and Indonesia are among the islands surrounding the mainland.

Webster's New Geographical Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1988), 82-83.