Which country is home to the world's oldest lake? Where is harissa (a porridge-like soup made from stewed chicken or lamb and coarsely ground soaked wheat) a national dish?

As you may have guessed, each of these questions is related to Asia. We've teamed up with My Wonderful World, a National Geographic-led campaign for geographic literacy, to give students, parents and geography enthusiasts a look at "Asia: Continent of Contrasts" during Geography Awareness Week. Held annually during the third week of November, Geography Awareness Week is an initiative to create awareness of the people, places and diversity of a specific world region.

Check out My Wonderful World's tours of Asia in Google Earth, featuring photos, videos and interesting tidbits about Asia -- its natural wonders, wildlife, art, cuisine and more. You can also test your knowledge with the "Ultimate Asia Challenge." Within these layers you'll find answers to the questions above and many more.

Geography Awareness Week offers a great example of how Google Earth and other online applications can be used in the classroom to make learning more interactive and visual, whether your subject matter is Asia, astronomy or algae. Each day this week, we'll be posting other examples of how mapping tools can make a difference in the classroom.