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gansterj | 04:00 Sat 11th Jan 2003 | History
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How did the red sea gets its name?

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Could it be the red mountains on it's shore and/or the prevalence of red coral growing in it?
Other suggestions are that (a) it started life as a misprint and was originally the Reed Sea, because of the reddish grasses growing at its edges in some areas or (b) the redness referred to the actual colour it took on at sunset when seen from the Arabian side.
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