It is the Yellow Sea that plays the most important role for shipping and trade of some Asian countries, and not only. Countless sea routes run along it, along which caravans of ships go one after another. Due to the large number of large rivers flowing into it, this sea differs markedly from most others, which, however, is well known to all sailors from these parts.
Interesting facts about the Yellow Sea
- The first European to visit it was the famous Marco Polo (interesting facts about Marco Polo).
- The Yellow Sea washes the shores of only three countries – China, North Korea and South Korea.
- In North Korea, it is called the West Korea Sea.
- In many ways, the Yellow Sea owes its name to the rivers that flow into it and cloud its waters. They really are not transparent.
- The salinity of its waters is significantly below average, especially near the mouths of the rivers.
- In China, the Yellow Sea is called «Huanghai».
- There are many islands here, but there are almost no large ones – only small ones.
- Severe dust storms come here every spring from the continent, making navigation so difficult that at this time of the year ships do not go through the Yellow Sea at all.
- There are many resorts on its banks. The water here is warm and quite clean, despite being muddy.
- The average depth of the Yellow Sea does not exceed 40 meters. The deepest place is at around 106 meters.
- More than half of the bottom of the Yellow Sea is covered solid thickets of algae.
- About 40% of the total mass of all living creatures living in it are small crustaceans.
- In the southern part of the Yellow Sea, there are much more living creatures than in the north.
- Over the past 30 years, the average temperature of the waters of this sea has increased by 1-2 degrees, which caused the mass migration of some fish.
- At the bottom of the Yellow Sea there is an oil field, the reserves of which are estimated at about 1 billion tons.
- In its northern part, water transparency does not exceed 10 meters, and in the south, far from large rivers, sometimes it reaches 45 meters.