Red Sea •

Last update: June 19th, 2019 at 9:00 am

The oblong shape of the Red Sea cuts diagonally through this true-color Aqua MODIS image from September 29, 2004. The sea’s deep, clear blue waters stand out in stark contrast to the pale tan and orange sands of the surrounding deserts in northeastern Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, and the western Arabian Peninsula. Clockwise from upper left, the nations are Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Eritrea (on the coast of the Red Sea), Ethiopia (bottom image edge), and Sudan. At the southern end of the Red Sea, the Dahlak Archipelago is marked by tiny tan islands and green shallow waters. The dark green ribbon of the Nile River flows northwards through Egypt and Sudan in the upper left portion of the image.

Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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