The Northern Red Sea is the world’s largest harbor of sand with an expansive stretch of land and serene beauty all around. The Northern Red Sea also boasts the richest coral reef floor. The Northern Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Asia and Africa. The Gulf-of-Aden and the Bab el Mandeb sound connect the sea to the ocean. The Gulf of Aqaba, Sinai Peninsula and the Gulf of Suez connect the Red Sea to the ocean in the Northern part. This fascinating area in the world has earned itself a place in the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World due to its astonishingly beautiful habitat. The Northern Red Sea is home to a variety of diverse marine life.
Formation and Key Facts
The formation of the Red Sea is believed to have taken place over 55 million years ago. The formation is believed to have occurred due to tectonic activity underneath the earth’s crust leading to formation of the African continent and Arabia, which were once connected. The formation of the sea then slowed down nearly 23 million years ago, but geologists and other experts believe that the Northern Red Sea is still forming at a slow pace and eventually will become an ocean.
The Sea’s Wonder
The Northern Red Sea, unlike other wonders, has more than just endemic marine life. The sea holds a lot of plant species, coral reefs, and fish within it. Some species are found in other oceans, adding to the biodiversity level of the sea. The diverse range of marine life in the Northern Red Sea includes over 400 types of coral reefs and 1,000 plus species of fish. The sea water shimmers orange and red during bright sunlight and it is believed to be one of the best places for diving and snorkeling.
There are several ways in which this wonder can be explored. These include diving, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing. The surrounding land is also popular for Safaris and other tour activities.