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Marine Places

Red Sea

The Red Sea is an embryonic ocean, and it has been opening over the last 25 million years, ever since the Arabian Plate began its gradual rift away from Africa. A central trough is flanked by relatively shallow shelves, and its warm waters contain many fringing coral reefs. Since 1869 the Red Sea has been linked with the Mediterranean Sea via the 100-mile- (160-km-) long Suez Canal.

The Suez Canalzoom image
  • Area 175,000 square miles (450,000 square km)
  • Maximum Depth 9,975 ft (3,040 m)
  • Inflows Arabian Sea
The Red Sea and Arabian Seazoom image