Have you ever been to the Red Sea – Egypt?
It is the dream destination of many people and is a favored place for the sun and fun lovers from around the world due to its terrific beaches of golden sand with the crystal water, colorful corals and beautiful atmosphere. Red Sea lies between Africa and Asia, connecting to the Indian ocean, in the south, through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden.
The Red Sea, or as it’s called in Arabic: Bahr al-Ahmar is one of the world’s most beautiful places for diving and snorkeling with the 2000 km (1240 mi) coral reef extending along its coastline and 1,200 fish species, and around 10% of these are found nowhere else ! It was formed 40 million years ago when the Arabian Peninsula split from Africa and in time will likely become an ocean.
While the origin of the sea’s name is unclear – some say it was named for the color of the nearby mountains, others suggest the word red was a reference to the sea’s southerly location – it has nothing to do with the color of its water.
In 1989 international experts and scientists picked this area as one of the Seven Wonders of the Underwater World. The sea is known for its spectacular recreational diving sites, such as Ras Mohammed, SS Thistlegorm (shipwreck), Elphinstone, The Brothers, Dolphin Reef and Rocky Island in Egypt.
Popular tourist resorts include El Gouna, Hurghada, Safaga, Marsa Alam, on the western shore of the Red Sea, and Sharm-El-Sheikh, Dahab, and Taba on the Egyptian side of Sinaï, as well as Aqaba in Jordan and Eilatin Israel in an area known as the Red Sea Riviera.
Some interesting facts about the Red Sea :
Red Sea has a surface area of roughly 438,000 km
Length: 1900 km
Maximum Width: 306 – 354 km – Massawa (Eriteria)
Minimum Width: 26 – 29 km -Strait Bab al Mandeb (Yemen)
Average Width: 280 km
Average Depth: 490 m
Maximum Depth: 2850 m … 40% of the Red Sea is quite shallow (under 100 m), and about 25% is under 50 m deep which makes it a good place for snorkeling for those who don’t want to dive.
Total surface Area: 438 x 103- 450 x 103 km2
Volume: 215 x 103 –251 x 103 km3
Gulf of Suez is a 300 km long, 50 km wide with depths ranging between 50 and 75 m.
Gulf of Aqaba is 180 km long and 25 km wide, narrow in the north and widening to the south with maximum depths of 1850 meters.
Posted by : Yasmine Aladdin.