Andaman Sea


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Andaman Sea

part of the Bay of Bengal, between the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Malay Peninsula

Andaman Sea

 

semi-inland sea of the Indian Ocean, between the Indochina and Malacca peninsulas on the east, the island of Sumatra on the south, and the Andaman and Nicobar islands on the west. The area of the sea is about 600,000 sq km, its mean depth is 1,096 m, its greatest depth is 4,198 m, and its volume of water is 660,000 cu km. The bottom is pebble, gravel, and sand. The climate is tropical, humid, and monsoonal. The air temperature in February is 26°C; in August, 27°C. Annual precipitation is more than 3,000 mm. The current in winter flows to the southwest and west; in the summer, to the east and southeast. The mean water temperature in February is between 26°C and 28°C; in May, about 29°C. Salinity is 31.5–32.5 parts per thousand in summer, 30.0–33.0 parts per thousand in winter; in northern sections it declines to 20–25 parts per thousand as a result of river inflow. Tides are semidiurnal, up to 7.2 m. At depths of more than 1,600 m, the temperature remains unchanged down to the bottom (4.8°C). Fauna includes the Irawaddy dolphin, dugong, flying fish, southern herring, reef fish, sailfish, and others. The main ports are Rangoon (Burma) and Penang (Georgetown, Malaysia).

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The BBC reports that hundreds of Rohingya refugees have been stranded on boats for over a week in the Andaman Sea with no food or water after being refused entry to Thailand.
It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.
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Located on the island's north-western corner facing the Andaman sea, perdana Quay is spread across 240 acres ofland, and will be developed into five components, including waterfront holiday villas and lake homes.
NOON A massage on the beach at Koh Lanta, Thailand, then enjoy a lunch of freshly barbecued seafood overlooking the Andaman Sea.
INDIA on Thursday turned down China's request to send its warships to the Andaman Sea to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 and instead decided to send its longrange P8- I maritime surveillance aircraft and specially equipped C130J transport aircraft to join the international search operations in Malaysia.
In Port Blair, capital of the remote, forested Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Indian Navy Ship Kesari returned to its base after being recalled following a two-day search scanning the Andaman Sea.
INDIA Missing flight island search INDIA used heat sensors to survey hundreds of uninhabited Andaman Sea islands yesterday and will also expand its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet west into the Bay of Bengal, officials said.
MALAYSIAN authorities have expanded their search for the missing Boeing 777 jet into the Andaman Sea and beyond after acknowledging it could have flown for several more hours after its last contact with the ground.
He said the search had been widened into the Andaman Sea, and Malaysia is asking for radar data from neighbouring countries.
I'm enraptured at the first encounter - the sight of a three-year-old elephant tumbling around in the Andaman Sea waves, spraying water at hysterical adults, and carrying kids aboard his wrinkly back.