Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features Sinan County on the southwest coast of South Korea.
The county includes more than 1,000 islands, which are surrounded by shallow tidal flats that change with the rise and fall of the tides.
According to NASA, the tidal flats are highly productive ecosystems. The sediments are full of microorganisms that attract marine animals such as clams and mud octopuses. · A Thousand Islands in South Korea. Located along the southwest coast of South Korea, Sinan County attracts people from many walks of life. Its world-renowned tidal flats host unique marine life as well a thriving salt production industry. Meanwhile, purple-painted islands draw tourists from around the country.
The image was captured on on October 15, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite.Sinan County is a county in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The county consists of 111 inhabited islands and 719 uninhabited islands. The number of islands in this county accounts for 25% of all islands in South Korea. Big islands among them are Anjwado, Aphaedo, Bigeumdo, Dochodo, Imjado, Amtaedo, Jeungdo, Jangsando, Haui-do, and Heuksando. The sea area is a continental shelf with less than 15 meter in depth. Sinan County is known for its specialities – Skate and Cheonilyeom. In 2014, enslaveries on Sinan County’s salt farms were discovered.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer