Two port cities in the South China Sea • Earth.com
today Picture of the day of NASA Earth Observatory presents two Chinese port cities, Xiamen and Quanzhou, which stand out from the nocturnal waters of the South China Sea.
As the bright lights show, several islands and small ports near the coast make up one of the busiest port areas in China.
According to NASA, the ancient city of Quanzhou was once one of the most important ports along the Maritime Silk Road.
The photograph was taken on September 12, 2019 by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The South china sea is a marginal sea of Western Pacific Ocean. It is bounded to the north by the banks of South china (hence the name), to the west by the Indochinese peninsula, to the east by the islands of Taiwan and north-west Philippines (above all Lucon, Mindoro and Palawan), and to the south by Borneo, Eastern sumatra and the Bangka Belitung Islands, covering an area of approximately 3,500,000 km2 (1,400,000 km²). It communicates with the East China Sea via the Taiwan Strait, the Philippine Sea via the Luzon Strait, the Sulu Sea via the strait around Palawan (for example the Mindoro and Strait of Balabac), the Indian Ocean via the Strait of Malacca, and the Java sea via the Karimata and Bangka Strait. The Gulf of Tonkin and Gulf of Thailand both are part of the South China Sea, and its shallow waters south of the Riau Islands is also known as Natuna Sea.
Through Chrissy sexton, Terre.com Editor-in-chief
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory