The Red Sea got its name from the red bacteria that inhabit the top of the water. It could also be called this because of the people who used to inhabit its shores and because of the direction that it is in relation to an old Mediterranean way of identifying directions.Continue Reading
There is no definitive reason for the way this sea gleaned its mysterious name, but many believe that it could be a combination of all of the factors. The sea contains a special kind of bacteria that is known as sea sawdust. This bacteria sits on the top of the sea and can give it a slightly red hue if the timing and lighting are right. The Himyarites were a group of ancient people who lived along the shores of the sea. These people were associated with the color red and the sea could have been named due to their prominence in the area.
In ancient Mediterranean times, the directions were referred to as colors. Black, red, green and white were definitive of North, South, East and West. The Red Sea was to the south and was often referred to as the sea of the south, or Red Sea in the language of the ancient directions.Learn more about Bodies of Water
The Red Sea lies between he continents of Africa and Asia. The Sea is situated to the east of Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti and to the west of Saudi Arabia and Yemen.Full Answer >
Saudi Arabia and Yemen border the Red Sea on the east while Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Egypt border it on the west. Egypt also borders the Red Sea on the north along with Israel and Jordan.Full Answer >
The Red Sea is bounded by the divergent boundaries of two tectonic plates. The northern Arabian tectonic plate has been moving away from Egypt's Nubian plate for 30 million years.Full Answer >
The most common theory about the name of the Black Sea is that, due to the inhospitable growth environment and lack of oxygen, the water appears dark. Other theories include shipwrecks and a Turkish homonym.Full Answer >