The transition zone between Asia's landmass and its bordering oceans creates unpredictable and unique ecosystems. Water monitors, one of the world's largest species of lizard, are common throughout the coastal areas of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Sundarbans, an area of the delta of the Ganges River in India and Bangladesh, above. Monitors can grow to 3 meters (10 feet), and blend in perfectly with the exposed roots of the Sundarbans' mangrove trees.

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Asia: Physical Geography
Asia: Physical Geography Encyclopedic Entry

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Encyclopedic entry. Asia is the largest of the world’s continents. It can be divided into five major physical regions: mountain systems; plateaus; plains, steppes, and deserts; freshwater environments; and saltwater environments.