What causes the red sea?



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    The Red Sea was formed from a rift between the land masses now known as Africa and Arabia; it is a slowly spreading zone with a volcanic ridge down the middle. It is considered a new ocean in the making, as the plates continue to pull apart at the rate of two centimeters a year.

    If the question is regarding the name, the Red Sea does not have red water, and the origins of its name are very uncertain. Among the theories are: it contains reddish algae; it is bordered by rocks that are red due to mineral deposits; it is a mistranslation of “Reed Sea”; or it refers to the color used to denote south on a compass.

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