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The people of Asia are more diverse than those of any other continent. They are highly concentrated in a small proportion of the total area, chiefly in the southeast quarter of Asia. In the northern and interior areas, and in most parts of Southwest Asia, the average population densities are low. However, people in these regions live in concentrated areas on river oases, such as the Toshkent oasis, where the actual densities are very high. In Siberia, settlements are located primarily along the Trans-Siberian Railroad and its branches. In East Asia, Southeast Asia, and most of South Asia, people are crowded onto relatively small lowland areas near rivers, where population densities often exceed 580 persons per sq km (1,500 per sq mi). In China, for example, 90 percent of the population is concentrated in the eastern third of the country. Even in highly industrialized Japan, most of the populace is concentrated in small lowlands where the largest cities are located.

 
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