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Snowfall Over the Korean Peninsula – January 30th, 2011

37.8N 127.5E

January 30th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Sediments

Korean Peninsula - January 17th, 2011

The Korean Peninsula is dusted with snow in this winter image. The snowfall appears heaviest on the western coast of North Korea. South Korea is less affected by snowfall.

While the eastern coastline of the peninsula along the Sea of Japan is mostly clear, the western coastline, bordering the Yellow Sea, is flanked by tan sediments.

Mountain Ranges and Uplands of North Korea

39.0N 125.7E

June 18th, 2010 Category: Mountains

North Korea - June 2nd, 2010

North Korea - June 2nd, 2010

North Korea occupies the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. North Korea has an area of 47,399 sq mi (122,762 sq km) and a population of about (2009 est.) 24,162,000. The capital is P’yŏngyang.

North Korea’s land area largely consists of mountain ranges and uplands; its highest peak is Mount Paektu (9,022 ft [2,750 m]). North Korea has a centrally planned economy based on heavy industry (iron and steel, machinery, chemicals, and textiles) and agriculture.

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.

Sediments from Daliao River in Liaodong Bay, China

40.1N 121.2E

October 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

China and North Korea - October 5th, 2009

China and North Korea - October 5th, 2009

Some sediments are present along the west coast of the Korean Peninsula (lower right quadrant), mainly by South Korea, and along the coast of the Bohai Sea (lower left edge) and Shandong Peninsula (bottom left) in northeast China.

The sediments appear most concentrated in Liaodong Bay, one of the three bays forming the Bohai Sea. It borders Hebei province and Tianjin Municipality. Most of these sediments are flowing forth from the Daliao River, which has its estuary on the shores of the bay.

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.