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Sea of Azov
Lake
Ukraine
Last updated: September 9, 2003
 
Other names
Greek: Maiotis
Latin: Palus Maeotis
Ancient Russian: Surozhskoye

Shallow sea
Northern arm of the Black Sea, 36,300 sq km, shared by South European Russia and Eastern Ukraine. The shallow sea (maximum depth 13 m) is connected with the Black Sea by the Kerch Strait. Its chief arms are the Gulf of Taganrog (in the northeast) and the Sivash Sea (in the west), which is nearly isolated from the Sea of Azov by Arabat Tongue, a narrow sandspit.

Freshwater
The Don and Kuban rivers flow into the sea, supplying it with an abundance of freshwater but also depositing the silt that tends to make the sea more shallow. The Sea of Azov has important fisheries and accounts for a large portion of the freshwater catch of Russia and Ukraine.

Major ports
The major ports are Rostov-na-Donu, Taganrog, Zhdanov, Kerch, and Berdyansk. The sea's importance increased with the opening of the Volga-Don Canal; the Manych Canal connects the Sea of Azov with the Caspian Sea.

Source: 1upInfo.com
 
Related places:
Rostov (Russia) City
 
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