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Following the Coastal Shelf in Asia

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Continental shelf in Indian Ocean & South China Sea Another area of easy coastal navigation was the South China Sea. A wide continental shelf connects China, Japan and what were called the "Spice Islands." Today these 700+islands form a chain called Indonesia.
Europe's Continental Shelf The extent of the Asian continental shelf greatly resembles that of northern Europe. The only major difference is Europe's more northerly location, closer to magnetic north, making the navigational compass less useful.