Andaman Sea

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The Andaman Sea (Burmese: မုတ္တမ, IPA: [mouʔtəma̰]; Thai: ทะเลอันดามัน, IPA: [tʰa.leː ʔan.daː.man]) or Burma Sea is a body of water to the southeast of the Bay of Bengal, south of Burma, west of Thailand and east of the Andaman Islands, India; it is part of the Indian Ocean.

The sea has been traditionally used for fishery and transportation of goods between the coastal countries and its coral reefs and islands are popular tourist destinations. The fishery and tourist infrastructure has been severely damaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

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At its southeastern reaches, the Andaman Sea narrows to form the Straits of Malacca, which separate the Malay Peninsula from the island of Sumatra.

The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the "Andaman or Burma Sea" as follows:[3]

On the Southwest. A line running from Oedjong Raja (5°32′N 95°12′E / 5.533°N 95.2°E / 5.533; 95.2) in Sumatra to Poeloe Bras (Breuëh) and on through the Western Islands of the Nicobar Group to Sandy Point in Little Andaman Island, in such a way that all the narrow waters appertain to the Burma Sea.

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