Red Sea facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsRed Sea
|Coordinates||22°N 38°E / 22°N 38°E|
|Primary inflows||Barka River, Haddas River, Anseba River, Wadi Gasus|
|Primary outflows||Bab el Mandeb|
|Max. length||2,250 km (1,400 mi)|
|Max. width||355 km (221 mi)|
|Surface area||438,000 km2 (169,000 sq mi)|
|Average depth||490 m (1,610 ft)|
|Max. depth||3,040 m (9,970 ft)|
|Water volume||233,000 km3 (56,000 cu mi)|
The Red Sea, also known as the Gulf of Arabia, is a sea between the Arabian Peninsula of Asia in the northeast and Africa in the southwest. It is a part of the Indian Ocean. The Red Sea is about 2200 km long, but its width is less than 330 km. Many ships go through the Red Sea, because the Suez Channel connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and Bab-el-Mandeb at the opposite end is a gate to the Indian Ocean. Ports of the Red Sea are, for example, Suez, Port Sudan, Massawa, Yanbu al-Bahr, Jeddah, Aqaba and Eilat.
It is named that because it sometimes looks red from the red algae. The water of Red Sea has more salt and is clearer than water of most other seas because almost no rivers run into it. The weather is dry and warm around the Red Sea and for this reason many people from Europe and other parts of the world come for their holiday to the Red Sea. Some of them are divers, who swim under the sea level, to see rich coral reefs and fish. Holiday places, for example, are Sharm el-Sheikh, Eilat or Hurghada. The countries next to the Red Sea are Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel.
In the Bible
According to the book of Exodus, God parted it for Moses and the Israelites so they could escape from the Egyptian Army.
Images for kids
Tihama on the Red Sea near Khaukha, Yemen
Ancient Egyptian expedition to the Land of Punt on the Red Sea coast during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut
Dust storm over the Red Sea
Hawksbill sea turtle in the Elphinstone Reef
|Mary the Jewess|