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Huang Hai (Yellow Sea) Shallow branch of the Pacific Ocean, n of the East China Sea between the Chinese mainland and the Korean peninsula. It connects to the Chihli and Liaodong gulfs by the Strait of Chihli. The Huang He, Liao, and Yalu rivers drain into it; the yellow loess (fine-grained silt) from these rivers give the sea its popular name. Such deposits, along with shifting sandbanks and notorious fogs, make navigation perilous. Area: c.466,200sq km (180,000sq mi).

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Yellow Sea or Huanghai (hwäng-hī) [yellow sea], arm of the Pacific Ocean, between China and Korea, where it is called the West Sea. It has a maximum depth of 500 ft (152 m). Bohai, Korea Bay (or West Korea Bay), and the Liaodong Gulf are its major inlets. The Huang He, Huai, Liao, and Yalu rivers empty into it. South of the Korean peninsula, it becomes the East China Sea. The name sometimes appears as Hwang-hai.