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Sediments Pouring Forth from Yangtze River, China

31.2N 121.4E

September 17th, 2012 Category: Rivers, Sediments

China – August 31st, 2012

Sediments pour forth from the mouth of the Yangtze River (bottom edge), the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. In recent years, the river has suffered from industrial pollution, agricultural run-off, siltation, and loss of wetland and lakes, which exacerbates seasonal flooding.

Sediments Entering East China Sea – September 8th, 2012

34.3N 123.4E

September 8th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

China – August 31st, 2012

Visible on the left side of this image are sediments from the Yangtze River entering the East China Sea. A greenish plume extends further out into the sea off the coast – this may be a combination of sediments and phytoplankton, fed by the nutrients in the silt from the river. Sediments can also be seen along the coast of the Korean Peninsula in the upper right quadrant.

Thick Outflow of Sediments from Yangtze and Han Rivers

38.9N 120.0E

November 12th, 2009 Category: Rivers

China and South Korea - October 21st, 2009

China and South Korea - October 21st, 2009

Sediments line the northeast coast of China and the west coast of the Korean Peninsula, clouding the waters of the Bohai Sea (upper left quadrant) and framing the Shandong Peninsula.

In China, the greatest outflow is coming from the Yangtze River. These sediments spill into the East China Sea near Shanghai on the Yangtze River Delta, appearing concentrated and brown near the coast and spreading outwards in a still thick, greenish plume.

Across the sea by Korea, the discharge of sediments is strongest from the Han River in South Korea. The Han is a major river, formed by the confluence of the Namhan River (South Han River) and the Bukhan River (North Han River). The Han flows through Seoul and then merges with the Imjin River shortly before it flows into the Yellow Sea.

Coast of Zhejiang Province, China

28.8N 121.1E

September 16th, 2009 Category: Rivers

China - July 2nd, 2009

China - July 2nd, 2009

Zhejiang is an eastern coastal province of the People’s Republic of China. Inland, Zhejiang consists mostly of hills, which account for about 70% of its total area. Valleys and plains are found along the coastline and rivers.

The coastline is ragged and has many bays. The three large bays visible here are Taizhou Bay, Aiwan Bay and Yueqing Bay (from top to bottom). In the fullsize orthorectified image, ships can be seen navegating the bays and rivers, and several bridges can be observed as well.

There are also over three thousand islands along the coast, in the East China Sea.To the east is the East China Sea, beyond which lie the Ryukyu Islands of Japan (upper right quadrant).

Green Mountains of the Korean Peninsula

38.3N 127.4E

September 15th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Korean Peninsula - September 4th, 2009

Korean Peninsula - September 4th, 2009

The Korean Peninsula is a peninsula in East Asia that extends southwards for about 684 miles (1,100 km) from continental Asia into the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by the Sea of Japan (also called the East Sea) on the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west. The first two bodies of water are connected by the Korea Strait.

The northern boundaries for the Korean Peninsula are commonly taken to coincide with today’s political borders between North Korea and its northern neighbors, China (1,416 km along the provinces of Jilin and Liaoning) and Russia (19 km).

These borders are formed naturally by the rivers Yalu/Amnok and Tumen/Tuman/Duman. Taking this definition, the Korean Peninsula (including its islands) has an area of 220,847 km2 (85,270 sq mi).

Mountains cover 70 percent of the Korean Peninsula and arable plains are generally small and far in between the successive mountain ranges. The peninsula becomes more mountainous towards the north and the east, visible here by the dark green color of vegetation on the peaks.