1898.c.a.Glimpses of the Orient : or, The manners, customs, life and history of the people of China, Japan and Corea, the Philippine, Caroline and Lad

Glimpses of the Orient : or, The manners, customs, life and history of the people of China, Japan and Corea, the Philippine, Caroline and Ladrone Islands ... (c1898)
Author: White, Trumbull, 1868-1941
Publisher: [s.l. : s.n.]

text:geography Corea: Sea of japan strait of corea eastern sea.
Sea of Japan: Sea of Japan
Strait of Korea: Strait of Corea
east coast of Korea: east coast of Corea (NOT EAST SEA)
Yellow Sea: Yellow Sea

For many a year the country of Coreah as been known in little more than name. Its territory is a peninsula on the east coast of Asia, between China on the continent, and the Japanese islands to the east ward. It extends from thirty-four degrees and thirty minutes to forty-three degree north latitude, and from one hundred and twenty-four degrees and thirty minutes to one hundred and thirty degree and thirty minutes east. longtitude, between the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. The Yellow Sea separates in front the southern provinces of China, while the Sea of Japan and the Strait of Corea separate it from the Japanese islands. It has a coast line of about one thousand seven hundred and forty miles. and a total area of about ninety thousand square miles. The peninsula, with its outlying islands, is nearly equal in size to Minesota or to Great Britain. In general shape and relative position to th Asiatic continent in resembles Florida. Tradition and geological indications lead to the belief that an-ciently the Chinese promontory and province of Shan-tung, and the Corean peninsula were connected , and that dry land once covered the space filled by the waters joining the Gulf of Pechili and the Yellow Sea. These waters are so shallow that the elevation of their bottoms but a few feet would restore their area to the land surface of the globe. On the other side also, the Sea of Japan is very shallow and the Straits of Corea at their greatest depth have but eighty-three feet of waters. The east coast is high mountains, and but slightly intended. very few island or harbours. The south and west shores are deeply and mainfoldly scooped and fringed with numerous island. From these island-skirted shores, especially on the west coast, mud banks extend out to sea beyond sight . While the tide on the east coast is very slight, only two feet at Gensan, it increases on south and west coast in a north directon, rising to thirty-three feet at Chemulpo. The rapid rise and fall of tides. and the vast area of mud left bare at low water, cause frequent fogs, and render the numerous inlets little available except for native craft. On the west coast the rivers are frozen in winter, but the east coast is open the whole winter through.

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