Indian subcontinent

  • indian subcontinent
    indian subcontinent.jpg
    area4.4 million km2 (1.7 million sq mi)
    population1.710 billion (2015)[1]
    population density389/km2
    countriesbangladesh
    bhutan
    india
    maldives
    nepal
    pakistan
    sri lanka

    the indian subcontinent is a southern region and peninsula of asia, mostly situated on the indian plate and projecting southwards into the indian ocean from the himalayas. geologically, the indian subcontinent is related to the land mass that rifted from gondwana and merged with the eurasian plate nearly 55 million years ago.[2] geographically, it is the peninsular region in south-central asia delineated by the himalayas in the north, the hindu kush in the west, and the arakanese in the east.[3] politically, the indian subcontinent includes all or part of bangladesh, bhutan, india, maldives, nepal, pakistan and sri lanka.[4][5][6]

    sometimes, the geographical term 'indian subcontinent' is used interchangeably with 'south asia',[7] although that last term is used typically as a political term and is also used to include afghanistan.[8] which countries should be included in either of these remains the subject of debate.[9][10][11]

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Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent.JPG
Area4.4 million km2 (1.7 million sq mi)
Population1.710 billion (2015)[1]
Population density389/km2
CountriesBangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka

The Indian subcontinent is a southern region and peninsula of Asia, mostly situated on the Indian Plate and projecting southwards into the Indian Ocean from the Himalayas. Geologically, the Indian subcontinent is related to the land mass that rifted from Gondwana and merged with the Eurasian plate nearly 55 million years ago.[2] Geographically, it is the peninsular region in south-central Asia delineated by the Himalayas in the north, the Hindu Kush in the west, and the Arakanese in the east.[3] Politically, the Indian subcontinent includes all or part of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.[4][5][6]

Sometimes, the geographical term 'Indian subcontinent' is used interchangeably with 'South Asia',[7] although that last term is used typically as a political term and is also used to include Afghanistan.[8] Which countries should be included in either of these remains the subject of debate.[9][10][11]