Korean Archipelago

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Korean Archipelago

 

the collective name for the 3,500 islands off the southern and southwestern coasts of Korea. The islands of Chin-do, Namhae-do, and Koje-do have areas of 300 sq km or more. Hills and low mountains predominate; the coasts abound with bays. Climate is subtropical and monsoonal. Evergreen forests and shrubs grow on the islands. The tides, up to 3 m in height, create powerful tidal currents (up to 17 km per hour) in the straits between islands, making navigation difficult. Fishing and mollusk gathering are important.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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