The Korean Peninsula captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission
The Korean Peninsula captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission
  • Dan Yoo
  • 승인 2019.10.29 07:34
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The Korean Peninsula in East Asia can be seen in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission. The peninsula is over 900 km long and is located between the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, to the east and the Yellow Sea to the west.

The peninsula is divided into two countries; South Korea and North Korea.

South Korea is divided into 17 provinces. The capital of South Korea is Seoul, which is in the northwest of the country, slightly inland and around 50 km south of the North Korean border.

North Korea is divided into 9 provinces, with Pyongyang as the capital. Pyongyang, which can be seen in light grey in the upper left of the image lies on the banks of the Taedong River and on a flat plain about 50 km inland from the Korea Bay.

As the image shows, the Korean peninsula is mostly mountainous and rocky, making less than 20% of the land suitable for farming.

The Yellow Sea owes its name to the silt-laden waters from the Chinese rivers that empty into it. It is also one of the largest shallow areas of the continental shelf in the world with an average depth of around 50m.

The waters off the coast of South Korea are considered among the best in the world for fishing. The warm and cold currents attract a wide variety of species and the numerous islands, inlets, and reefs provide excellent fishing grounds.

Sentinel-3 is a two-satellite mission to supply the coverage and data delivery needed for Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring program. Each satellite’s instrument package includes an optical sensor to monitor changes in the color of Earth’s surfaces. It can be used, for example, to monitor ocean biology and water quality.

This image, which was captured on 21 May 2019, is also featured on the Earth from Space video program. This image, which was captured on 21 May 2019, is also featured on the Earth from Space video program.

This article and the video was provided by ESA


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