After Black Sea Facts, it is time for Yellow Sea Facts. Unlike the weird name of the Black Sea, the Yellow Sea has its name for a reason that we will discuss in this article as we proceed. Just to say, we too are humans and we may make some mistakes while we write. If we accidentally miss out something that you are looking for here or if we make an error somewhere, feel free to contact us and let us know. We will fix the the problem or add the information you need. Sounds good? Let’s start…
|Water Color||Golden Yellow.|
|Location||Between Mainland China and Korean Peninsula.|
|Depth||Average 144 feet, maximum 499 feet.|
|Formed||10,000 years BP during last Ice Age.|
|Salinity||30‰ in northern side, 33-34‰ southern side.|
|Surrounding Countries||Mainland China, South Korea and North Korea|
|Known For||– Algal Blooms during summer months.|
– Jindo Sea Parting Festival.
Yellow Sea Facts: 1-5 | Type, Location, Size and Depth
1. What type of a sea is Yellow Sea? It is a marginal sea just like the Black Sea. Wondering what a marginal sea is? It is basically a part of an ocean which remains partially enclosed within peninsulas, archipelagos and islands.
2. A marginal sea like Yellow Sea or Black sea should widely open to or should be adjacent to an open ocean. A marginal sea may or may not be bounded by submarine ridges on sea floor.
3. Now that we we know its type, the question is – where is Yellow Sea located? It sits between Korean Peninsula and mainland China. Yellow Sea is basically East China Sea’s northern part. Here, take a look at the map:
4. What is the size of Yellow Sea? Or, how big is Yellow Sea? Excluding the Bohai Sea, the Yellow Sea runs 600 miles or 960 kilometers north to south. From east to west, it is around 430 miles or 700 kilometers.
5. How deep is Yellow Sea? Not much. It is a shallow marginal sea with an average depth of 144 feet or 44 meters. The maximum depth it attains in 499 feet or 152 meters. What is the volume of Yellow Sea? It’s volume is about 4,100 cu. mi. or 17,000 cu. km. What is the area of Yellow Sea? The sea has an area of 150,000 sq. mi. or 380,000 sq. km.
Yellow Sea Facts: 6-10 | Formation, Naming, Major Rivers
6. How was Yellow Sea formed? Scientists believe that the sea was formed during the last Ice Age near about 10,000 years BP (Before Present). During the Ice Age, sea levels rose dramatically and a section of the continental shelf where Yellow Sea sits today, was flooded by rising sea levels.
7. Why is Yellow Sea called Yellow Sea? You must be wondering whether the Yellow Sea is really yellow or not. Yes, it is true. The water of the sea looks a bit yellow and hence the name.
8. But why does the water of Yellow Sea look yellow? The rivers that flow into the sea carry huge amounts of silt and sand. These deposits are partially responsible for the yellowish color of the water.
9. Apart from that, scientists say that storm deserts originating from Gobi Desert come all the way to the sea and because of this, the water surface of the sea turns golden yellow. That explains why Yellow Sea is Yellow.
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10. What are the major rivers that flow into Yellow Sea? The primary rivers that flow into the Yellow Sea are:
- Yellow River – it actually flows into Bohai Sea, which is basically Yellow River’s innermost bay. The Yellow River is also known as Huang He. [It is a river in China]
- Hai River – it also flows directly into Bohai Sea. [It is a river in China]
- Yalu River – it is a river that flows between North Korea and China border. It is also known as Amnok River.
- Han River – it is a major South Korean river and fourth longest in overall Korean Peninsula. It is also known as Hangang. Before it flows into Yellow Sea, it actually merges with Rimjin River or Imjin River.
- Taedong River – it is a North Korean river and is 5th longest in overall Korean Peninsula.