Why Is The Red Sea Called The Red Sea?


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Monica Stott Profile
Monica Stott answered
There are a variety of reasons as to why the Red Sea is believed to be called 'the Red Sea'. One popular explanation is due to the fact that it is so close to the Egyptian desert which was once called the 'Dashret', meaning 'redland' by the Ancient Egyptians. It would have be known as the sea of the red land and while this seems like it could be a possibility, there are many other theories so we do not know which one is definitely correct.
Other possibilities include:
  • There are seasonal flowers that bloom a beautiful bright red near the surface of the water. These are called Trochodesmium.
  • There is a possibility that the name comes from a local group. They are called the Himyarite and this name means 'red'.
  • Modern scholars believe that a likely explanation of the name comes from the fact that some Asiatic languages used colors to refer to directions. It is possible that 'red' refers to 'south' which is the direction that the Red Sea points towards. This theory is emphasized by the Black Sea which points north and it is thought that black was once the word for north. There is also a 'Yellow Sea' and a 'White Sea'.
The Red Sea is part of the Indian Ocean and is between Africa and Asia. There are many shallow areas in the Red Sea which are famous for the extensive amount of marine life that inhabits the area. The Red Sea is popular with scuba divers who are attracted to the area due to the warm waters and the multitude of fish and coral species.

The earliest exploration of the Red Sea is thought to have taken place in 2,500 BC and it is thought that long voyages occurred.
Rajesh Shri Profile
Rajesh Shri answered
The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean situated between the north eastern coast of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. To its south the Red Sea is connected to the Indian Ocean by way of the Indian Ocean and to the north it is connected to the Mediterranean Ocean by way of the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal.

The origin of the name of the sea is not exactly known as the sea water is not red in color; it may be because of the presence of reddish algae known as Trichodesmium erythraeum. The name also may come from the nearby mountains which are reddish due to the high presence of minerals. Another speculation is that the name Red Sea is actually a mistranslation of the Reed Sea mentioned in the Biblical story of the Exodus.

The name might also come from a native people known as Himarites meaning red in native lingo. Also the directions in a compass were coded in specific colors to denote specific directions; the color red was used to denote the south while black was used to denote the north. The names of the Red Sea as well as the Black Sea in Eastern Europe are believed to have been named based on this principle.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Some say that the Red-Sea got its name from the flowers around it or the red mountains in the back.Could this be how the sea got its name?
Maynard Keynes Profile
Maynard Keynes answered
The Red Sea is a bay of the Indian Ocean situated between the north eastern coast of African and the Arabian Peninsula.Much of the time, the colour of the Red Sea present cyan.But when a algae named Trichodesmiun increases quickly and abloom,the colour of the Red Sea present red.So named the Red Sea.
K  B Profile
K B answered
The Red Sea got its name from a phenomenon caused by a type of algae called Trichodesmium Erythraeum, which is found in the sea. When these algae blooms die off the blue-green color of sea appears to change to reddish-brown color.
And so that's how it got its name./
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
The red sea was originally called the reed sea and the name just got shortened over time
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I learned in a text book that the dirt and silt from farming went into the sea and turned it redish but then cleared up when new rain fell and farmers left
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I think the red sea got it's name by:
Eygiptions collected it's clay and turned it into red clay.
Muddassar Memon Profile
Muddassar Memon answered
The name Red Sea basically is a straight forward translation of the Greek term Erythra Thalassa and Latin term Mare Rubrum. The name of the sea doest not point out to the colour of the water because it does not have red colour water, though it may indicate the regular blooms of the red-coloured cyanobacteria Trichodesmium erythraeum which grow close to the water surface.

The Red Sea basically is a cove of the Indian Ocean amid Africa and Asia. The link to the ocean is in the south in the course of the Bab el Mandeb sound and the Gulf of Aden.

Taking up a portion of the Great Rift Valley, the Red Sea has an exterior area of around 174,000 square miles and has an utmost depth of 8,200 feet.

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