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Old 04-05-2014, 10:29 PM
 
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It seems like the generally accepted regions of Asia people use: West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia also seem to match vegetation or climate regions.

West Asia or the Middle East seems to be arid desert, semi-arid or Mediterranean climates in the western end of the continent.

Central Asia seems to be mainly cold and continental temperate steppes or grasslands.

South Asia seems to begin when the arid desert climates of the Middle East transition to the monsoonal subtropical and tropical climates.

Southeast Asia seems to be wetter still than South Asia as a whole, with tropical monsoon or rainforests.

East Asia tends to be cold temperate forest, with "four season climates" capable of snow in many places.

It seems like culture seems to match pretty well where climate bounds end, such as Central Asia and the Middle Eastern pattern of dry summers transitioning into the wetter summers of South Asia where the more austere Islamic type architecture meets the colorful type of Hindu temples. Or when the temperate East Asia transitions into the tropical East Asia in Vietnam when Chinese influence decreases and Indian influence begins to show itself.

Do you think the climates/regions correspond very well to human cultural/ethnic classifications? It seems the different cultural/ethnic regions match Asia's climactic areas very well compared to say, Europe or Africa where the civilization or cultural region doesn't seem to have strong climate boundaries.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I would say the rice growing areas in Asia sort of identify the more southern type cultures in India, South-East Asia, Southern China, but also Korea and Japan, although northern parts of East Asia grow mostly wheat and then millet.
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