The Red Sea

By Kaitlin Street

Location

The Red Sea is located in between the continents of Asia and Africa, and is considered to be where the desert meets the ocean. It is used as a connector between the East and the West, connecting from its tip at the Sinai Peninsula, and traveling 1000 miles south to join the Indian Ocean, between Ethiopia and Yemen.
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Uses

The Red Sea is used as a connector between the East and the West, to transport and trade between countries. Different cargo ships, oil vessels, and other various boats use this passageway as a form of important transportation.
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Marine Life

The Red Sea holds more forms of marine life than any other proportional body of water. With thousands of types of coral, fish, and sea creatures, the Red Sea is a beloved landscape for divers, snorkelers, researchers, and vacationers alike.
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Water Uses

The water from the Red Sea is used as a major resource to the surrounding cities. There are tremendous efforts in place that desalinize the water, and make it clean for drinking, cooking, bathing, etc. In addition, factories, such as oil refineries, use the salt water to operate. The water is extremely important to the areas near by, and it must be protected from pollution.
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Pollution

Due to its fantastic amounts of important ecosystems, it is necessary to keep the Red Sea clean from pollution. Oil spills and human trash pollution both contibute greatly to the pressing issue of the dying sea. Divers have reported masses of dead fish and lifeless, grey coral, from their deep sea swims. Many organizations have been set up in Egypt and other adjacent countries to bring awareness to the people about the situation.
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Oceanography

The climate of the Red Sea is very warm and tropical. Due to its lack of freshwater rainfall, it is one of the saltiest lakes in the world. The Red Sea is known for its unpredictable weather patterns, and strong, gusting winds.
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