Difference Between Red Sea and Dead Sea

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  • The Red Sea and Dead Sea are both bodies of water but different in many ways. The main difference between red sea and Dead Sea is the origin of their names. The Red Sea gets its' name from a red algae, the ocean can turn slightly red when the algae is in bloom. On the other hand, Dead Sea is called dead because of such high salt content, fish or any other water living creature can't survive in it. 
Red Sea Facts
  • Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia and serves as a crucial navigational role since ancient times.

  • The Red Sea, one of the most saline bodies of water in the world, is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. The connection to the ocean is in the south through the Bab el Mandeb sound and the Gulf of Aden. In the north are the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal). The Sea has played a crucial navigational role since ancient times.

    Occupying a part of the Great Rift Valley, the Red Sea has a surface area of about 174,000 square miles (450,000 km²): Being roughly 1,200 miles (1,900 km) long and, at its widest point, over 190 miles (300 km) wide. It has a maximum depth of 8,200 feet (2,500 m) in the central median trench and an average depth...

  • Red Sea, Arabic Al-Baḥr Al-Aḥmar ,  narrow strip of water extending southeastward from Suez, Egypt, for about 1,200 miles (1,930 km) to the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects with the Gulf of Aden and thence with the Arabian Sea. Geologically, the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba (Elat) must be considered as the northern extension of the same structure....

  • Red Sea (Arabic: al‐Baḥr al‐Aḥmar)While most international names translate as the ‘Red Sea’, the Hebrew name is Yam Sūf ‘Sea of Reeds’. It has therefore been suggested in some quarters that the name should really be the ‘Reed Sea’. However, several theories have been put forward for the generally accepted name, of which perhaps the most plausible is that at times the algae Trichodesmium erythraeum appears in the water and when it fades away it gives the water a reddish brown colour.
  • No part of Egypt is more filled with animal life than the Red Sea. The Red Sea, a long, narrow body of water, stretches from the Sinai Peninsula all the way down to the Gulf of Aden. It is thought by many to be the richest sea in the world, and it's easy to see why. A gigantic and colorful assortment of animals and plants live in the Red Sea, and these pictures will show you just a few of them.


  • The Red Sea was discovered as a diving destination by Hans Hass in the 1950's and by Jacques-Yves Cousteau later.

    The Red Sea is the only enclosed Coral Sea in the World

    The Red Sea is the saltiest living sea in the world with 41 parts of salt per 1000 parts of water (it's really easy to float!)

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  •  - The Red Sea is known as, the "Underwater Garden of Eden",

     - The Red Sea gets its' name from a red algae, the ocean can turn slightly red when the algae is in bloom  

     - The salinity of the Red Sea is amongst the highest of all oceans in the world at 3.6 to 3.8%

     - Water temperature ranges from 22 degrees C...

  • Red Sea The Red Sea, the only enclosed coral sea in the world, is a distinctive and unique tropical sea - an unparalleled source of entertainment and beauty. Running as a narrow strip between Africa and Arabia for 1500 miles, the Red Sea joins at its southern tip the Indian Ocean through the Strait of Bab-El-Mandab, while at its northern head it branches into the twin gulfs of Suez and Aqaba. Unlike the arid lands of desert and semi-desert on either side, the Red Sea is framed with thousands of untouched coral reefs, oases of teeming under-water life basking into its shallow waters.

    The Red Sea is characterized by its high salinity - a consequence both of the hot...

  • Physical properties

     Dust storm over the Red SeaSurface water temperatures remain relatively constant at 21-25°C and temperature and visibility remain good to around 200 m, but the sea is known for its strong winds and tricky local currents. The sea was created by the division of Africa from the Arabian peninsula, a movement which began around 30 million years ago. The sea is still widening and there are small volcanic features in the deeper parts, it is considered that the sea will become an ocean in time (as proposed in the model of Tuzo Wilson). Sometimes during the Tertiary period the Bab el Mandeb was closed and the Red Sea was an empty hot dry salt-floored sink.

  • Tourism

    The sea is known for its spectacular dive sites such as Ras Mohammed, Elphinstone, The Brothers and Rocky Island in Egypt, and less known sites in Sudan such as Sanganeb, Abington, Angarosh and Shaab Rumi (see photo above). The Red Sea was "discovered" as a diving destination by Hans Hass in the 1950s, and by Jacques-Yves Cousteau later. Bordering countries Bordering countries are: Northern shore: Egypt Israel Jordan Western shore: Sudan Egypt Eastern shore: Saudi Arabia Yemen Southern shore: Djibouti Eritrea Somalia Towns and cities Towns and cities on the Red Sea coast include: Assab, Massawa, Hala'ib, Port Sudan, Port Safaga, Hurghada, El Suweis, Sharm el Sheikh,...

  • Snorkeling is a popular way to view the edge of the reef, especially for those with limited confidence in their swimming ability. Sharks, manta rays, turtles, and eels will take pieces of bread from your hand, and brilliantly colored schools of fish team all around in bewildering color. However, most divers will tell you that there is nothing to beat the thrill of experiencing the depth of the reef and the abounding marine life to be found in the Red Sea. The lure of the reef is such that many novice divers become totally "hooked" and cannot imagine why they have never joined in the fun before. Furthermore, when asked to compare their local diving conditions with those in the Red Sea, they find it a "paradise" with clear visibility, little wave action, and warm temperatures all year long.

  • Hydrology

    No water enters the Red Sea from rivers, and rainfall is scant; but the evaporation loss—in excess of 80 inches per year—is made up by an inflow through the eastern channel of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait from the Gulf of Aden. This inflow is driven toward the north by prevailing winds and generates a circulation pattern in which these low-salinity waters (the average salinity is about 36 parts per thousand) move northward. Water from the Gulf of Suez has a salinity of about 40 parts per thousand, owing in part to evaporation, and consequently a high density. This dense water moves toward the south and sinks below the less dense inflowing waters...

  • How to get there:

    From outside Egypt Some international flights now go to Hurghada, otherwise fly direct to Cairo then either take an internal flight (see below) or go overland by bus or by car.

Dead Sea Facts
  • History Of The Dead Sea 

    For centuries, people have flocked to the Dead Sea to enjoy the benefits of soaking in its mineral-rich, salt filled waters. The Dead Sea has been recognized for its amazing health benefits, and has been enjoyed by everyone from the ancient Egyptians, who used products from the area in their mummification processes, all the way up to current spas and health centers. The Dead Sea has gone by many names. The Dead Sea was originally named after a nearby...

  • The Dead Sea

    It’s the lowest spot on earth (1,312 feet below sea level), has 10 times more saline than seawater (so humans float like corks), and is believed to contain therapeutic minerals.


    How far does one have to descend to reach the Dead Sea? About 400 meters below sea level. How deep is this salty lake? Almost the same (in the northern section). Fascinating? Absolutely! Every detail about the Dead Sea is fascinating.


    Here are a few more facts: The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth in any land mass (417 meters below sea level, to be...

  • Facts and Figures about the Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea is the second saltiest body of water in the world after Lake Assal in Djibouti, Africa.


    The salt concentration in the Dead Sea is 33.7%, compared with the salt concentration in the Mediterranean Sea, which is between 3.5% and 3.9%.

  • 20 Quick facts About The Dead Sea   
    The Dead Sea isn’t actually a sea at all! The Dead Sea is a saltwater lake.   
    Hence the name, there is no marine life in the Dead Sea. The high mineral and salt content of the waters make it impossible for fish or plants to live.
  • Here are ten amazing facts about the Dead Sea that you probably didn’t know…

    Water flows into the Dead Sea (the Jordan River is the main source of water), but it doesn’t flow out! Why the heck not, I hear you cry…Well, largely due to evaporation as it’s very hot in this area.
    Maybe somebody before her spotted the potential (some say Herod the Great), but it was Cleopatra who first loved and thus promoted the Dead Sea, even ordering cosmetic factories and resorts be built along its...
  • The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and  filled with natural treasures, with zoological and botanic riches and because the region has witnessed remarkable historical events. 

  • The Dead Sea For New 7 Wonders
  • Dead Sea Facts

    Benefits of the Dead Sea

    1300 feet below sea level, deep in the Jordan Valley, lies the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. It is entirely devoid of life as it has 32% salinity, the highest salt content of all the seas' waters.

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  • The beneficial effects of the Dead Sea's raw materials on the skin and their unique therapeutic and beautifying powers have been recognised since ancient times. The most beautiful women in the world, Cleopatra and Queen of Sheba are said to have frequented the Dead Sea to enjoy its amazing health and beauty properties.

    The composition of the Dead Sea is unique. It contains very high levels of Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Bromides, Sulphates and other minerals.

    Research has...

  • Bathe in the Mineral Rich Salts of Israel's Dead Sea! Trace MineralsDead SeaSalt Lake Magnesium Chloride4.03%1.04% Potassium Chloride 0.72%0.64% Sodium Chloride3.87%9% Calcium Chloride 1.64%0.08% Chloride21.11% 15.12% Sulfates (SO4) 0.03% 2.13%
  • Mineral-Rich

    Nearly ten times as salty as the world's oceans and twice as saline as the Great Salt Lake in Utah, the Dead Sea is rich with minerals.  The Dead Sea Works company on the southwest side of the lake employs 1600 people around the clock to harvest the valuable minerals from the water.  Potash is the most valuable of those extracted today and is used in the manufacture of fertilizer.  The best article on the minerals in the Dead Sea is in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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  • Sufferers of arthritis, rheumatism, respiratory problems, and coronary ailments rejoice!

    The Dead Sea has fast become one of the world’s leading centers of healthy living. Many people come from far and wide just to spend a few days revitalizing bodies hit with all kinds of health issues.


    The Dead Sea contains very high levels of minerals that can cure many skin ailments.  


  • Dead Sea Minerals

    The Dead Sea contains a large assortment of salts and minerals.

    Depending on who you ask, the number ranges from 10 to 21. The majority of the minerals are heralded for their ability to do everything from causing rela

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  • The Healing Power of the Dead Sea ​The Dead Sea can also be called “the lowest health spa in the world.” Sea salts are produced from the southern section for industry, and in the northern section promote tourism and good health. The composition of the salts and minerals in the water are what make it so unique and beneficial for the body.     The sea bed also has deposits of black mud that is easy to spread on the body and provides the skin with nourishing minerals. As if that were not enough, the bromide in the air is also beneficial to the body’s systems, thus making the Dead Sea a provider for good health and healing for vacationers from all over the world.
  • The Dead Sea, Image Courtesy - http://pyewacketsparty.blogspot.com/

    Its so high in salt content that the human body can float easily. You can almost lie down and read a book! The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as 35% – almost 10 times the normal ocean water. And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea. No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals. Nothing lives in the Dead...

  • Get a therapeutic mud bath then plunge into the Dead Sea to wash it off.

  • Dead sea

    The Dead Sea (Yam Hamelakh) is the lowest place on earth, roughly 400 meters below sea level. If you take the Beersheba drive to get to the dead sea you will see the going down in the mountain at what level are you interesting. And the beautiful view of the maintains

Red Sea Vs Dead Sea
  • Red Sea is the world's most northern tropical sea, is the habitat of over 1,000 invertebrate species and 200 soft and hard corals. On the other hand, Dead Sea is rich of minerals, natural salts and mud that's why no fish, no vegetation, no sea animals that lives in the Dead Sea.


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