There are various possibilities, no one really knows which one is “the reason”. One possibility is that it got the name because it has a hydrogen sulphide layer about 200 meters down that makes it appear black. It also might have got the name because it was perceived as inhospitable.
Another belief is that colors were used in ancient time to designate the directions on a compass; black was north and red was south. And historical figures often referred to the Red Sea as the southern sea. It is also possible that it was called the Black Sea is because of its color; visibility in the black sea is about seven times worse compared to that in the Mediterranean due to a higher concentration of microalgae
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