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7 Underwater Wonders of the World

Jess Baker
Published: April 10, 2013

7. The Northern Red Sea - Jordan

Africa's Largest Reef System

Africa's Largest Reef System

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Stretching more than 1,200 miles along the coastlines of Egypt, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, the Red Sea Reef is home to more 260 different species of stony coral and more than 1,100 species of fish, about 10 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world. (Derek Keats/flickr.com)

  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • Africa's Largest Reef System
  • The Red Sea Blue Hole
  • The Red Sea Blue Hole
  • The Red Sea Blue Hole
  • The Red Sea Blue Hole

Bordered by desert regions on both sides, the Northern Red Sea is a thriving ecosystem of rare creatures. Sometimes called an "underwater Garden of Eden," according to 7wonders.org, the reefs here are among the most resilient in the world. They're able to withstand the sometimes extreme temperatures and higher-than-average salinity of the Red Sea, which shares only a narrow connection with the Indian Ocean and receives no freshwater from large rivers or streams.
                                      


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