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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New Delhi, Mar 14 ( ANI ): With a request for help from the Government of Malaysia in tracing the missing Malaysian Airline aircraft, the focus of the search has shifted westward towards Andaman Sea.
The cache, which included 68 rifles and five machine gun kits, was seized when some 70 Thai policemen raided a long-tailed fishing boat parked suspiciously in a mangrove in La-ngu District of Satun Province, 973 kilometers south of Bangkok, facing the Andaman Sea, police said.
Navy's new air station INS Bz at Campbell Bay, which was developed as a listening outpost into the Andaman Sea, has come into play as it will sustain the air search operations carried out by medium range Dorniers.
Hailed as a gem on the Andaman Sea of the Indian Ocean, Phuket Island is a tourist-centric destination that draws a crowd with its unique culture, clean air and sophisticated tourism infrastructure.
Malcolm Robertson, 64, was killed while sailing with his wife Linda, 57, near Koh Dong, an island about 45 miles west of Satun province, off southern Thailand's Andaman sea coast.
At its heart, the new Six Senses Hideaway (formerly Evason Hideaway & Spa) harmonises so well with its tropical surroundings that it is barely visible from the private helicopter whisking you in over the Andaman Sea, and away from the bustling backpackers of Phuket.
The bank has also approved this year a total of $2 million in grants for a comprehensive development plan of Thailand's southern coast on the Andaman Sea, devastated by the Dec.
The girls, from Colombia, Australia, Canada, Sir Lanka, Ethiopia and Belgium, were splashing around in the Andaman sea during a break in Thailand, where this year's competition takes place.
NEW DELHI, March 21 (KUNA) -- India has rejected China's request to enter India's Andaman Sea to search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over concerns of military snooping, Indian media reported Friday.
14 ( ANI ): A senior Boeing official allayed concerns over the safety of their planes amid the mystery surrounding the fate of the missing Malaysian jetliner, saying they had also joined the global search operation covering an area stretching from China to the Andaman Sea.
Meanwhile, sources in the Indian Defence Ministry have said that the Indian Navy swung into action on Wednesday morning, following a request from their counterparts in Malaysia, and is searching for the missing plane in the Andaman Sea area.
The depression active over southwest Andaman Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm and hit between Chennai and Machilipatnam, the forecast said.