Sediments Along Chinese and Korean Coasts – April 2nd, 2009
Dense brown sediments spill from the Yangtze River Delta into the East China Sea, clouding he coastal waters up to the Shandong Peninsula. Above the peninsula, also known as the Jiāodōng Peninsula, the Bóhăi Sea also has sediments along its shoreline, although they appear more reddish than those from the delta.
The delta is one of the most densely populated regions on earth, and includes one of the world’s largest cities on its banks—Shanghai, with a density of 2,700 inhabitants/km². Because of the large population of the delta, and factories, farms, and other cities upriver, the World Wide Fund for Nature says the Yangtze Delta is the biggest cause of marine pollution in the Pacific Ocean.
To the northeast, the Korean Peninsula is visible, with yellow sediments along the South Korean shoreline and darker brown sediments near the border between North and South Korea.