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Definition: Yellow Sea from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Gulf of the Pacific Ocean between China and Korea; length approximately 1,000 km/620 mi, greatest width 700 km/435 mi; area 466,200 sq km/180,000 sq mi. To the north are the gulfs of Korea, Chihli, and Liaotung. There are many small islands to the east near the Korean coast. It receives the Huang He (Yellow River) and Chang Jiang (Yangtze Kiang), which transport yellow mud (derived from the soil known as loess, which was originally wind-blown from central Asia) down into the shallow waters (average depth 44 m/144 ft).


Summary Article: YAMUNĀ (RIVER)
from Encyclopedia of Hinduism

The river Yamunā is one of the three holiest rivers of India, along with the Ganges and Sarasvatī. The Yamunā rises in the Himālayas and joins the Ganges at Allahabad. The river runs through Mathurā and Vṛndāvana and has many associations with Kṛṣṇa and his brother Balarāma. The river is also deified as the goddess Yamunā, alternatively known as Yamī. Praise for the Yamunā as both river and goddess is found in the Yamunāṣṭakam of the Vaiṣṇava theologian Vallabha, but in the present era the actual river is very polluted. Consequently, the Yamunā is the focus of campaigns by environmentalists and devotees, many of whom find a precedent for ecological action in the story of Kṛṣṇa subduing the poisonous water serpent Kāliya who was fouling the Yamunā.

See also: Balarāma; Gaṇgā; Himālayas; Kṛṣṇa; Mathurā; Sacred geography; Vaiṣṇavism; Vallabha; Vṛndāvana; Yamunā

Further reading
  • Chapple, C.K. Tucker, M.E. (eds). 2000. Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky and Water. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Nelson, L.E. (ed.). 1998. Purifying the Earthly Body of God: Religion and Ecology in Hindu India. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  • Prime, R. 1992. Hinduism and Ecology: Seeds of Truth. London: Cassell.
  • Catherine Robinson
    Denise Cush
    © 2008 Editorial matter Denise Cush, Catherine Robinson, and Michael York; Contribution © 2008 The Authors

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