How did the red sea get its name?

Water Red

The Red Sea is a narrow sea that lies between the sandy shores of northeastern Africa and the Arabia Peninsula.

It is called the “Red Sea” because the color of the water at times is actually red.

The Red Sea could have gotten its name for several reasons.  The dry, desert lands surrounding the sea are a reddish color.  So are the coral reefs in the sea.

And billions of tiny red plants called algae, growing in the hot, salty water, make the water look red in some places.

The Red Sea is really a great crack in the earth that has filled with water.  It is about 1,400 miles long, up to 220 miles wide, and more than a mile deep in spots.

One of the world’s most important ocean routes goes from the Mediterranean Sea through the ‘Suez Canal into the Red Sea.

The story of Moses leading the Children of Israel across the Red Sea is one of the most well-known Bible stories. Dick Rogers

 

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