Surrounded by vast deserts, the Red Sea expands
2000 km (1300 miles) from the north, the Gulf of Aqaba to Bab el
Mandeb in the south.
The Gulf of Aqaba ending at the Straits of Tiran
reaches a length of 180 km (110 miles). Following the Syrian-African
Rift Valley the Gulf is 25 km (14 miles) wide and 1800 m (6000 feet)
deep. Fringing coral reefs developed all along the coast line.
There are many special aspects in this area: Water
temperature is relatively constant, during summer maximun 28C and
in winter not less than 20C. Seldom storms and rainfall (occasionally
in winter), as well as mild currents prevent sediments to slow coral
growth and allow excellent visiblility.
Low humidity and the high rate of evaporation due
to high temperatures, make the Red Sea one of the saltiest life-sustaining
seas in the world. Salinity reaches 4.1 % and therefore a large
variety of endemic species have developed.
As a result this area has one of the richest concentrations
of varieties of marine life in all of the tropical seas.
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