Red sea

APR 18

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Why in news?

  • The U.S. Navy says it will begin a new task force with allied countries to patrol the Red Sea after a series of attacks that have been attributed to Yemen’s Houthi rebels in a waterway that’s essential to global trade

About

  • Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia.
  • The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden.
  • The sea separates the coasts of Egypt, Sudan, and Eritrea to the west from those of Saudi Arabia and Yemen to the east.
  • To the north lie the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal).
  • Red sea is connected to Mediterranean Sea via Suez Canal.

Add ons:

  • Normally, the Red Sea is an intense blue-green; occasionally, however, it is populated by extensive blooms of the algae Trichodesmium erythraeum, which, upon dying off, turn the sea a reddish brown colour.

PRACTICE QUESTION

Which of the following countries have a coast on the red sea:

1. Saudi Arabia

2. Egypt

3. Jordan

4. Kuwait

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a)1,2 and 3 only

(b)1 and 2 only

(c)1,2 and 4 only

(d)1,2,3 and 4

Answer