Gulf of Suez

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GULF OF SUEZ

Maritime inlet that connects the Isthmus of Suez to the Red Sea and, with the Suez Canal, separates the Sinai Peninsula from the rest of Egypt.

Almost 200 miles (320 km) long and 12 to 20 miles (2032 km) wide, the Gulf of Suez is 210 feet (65 m) deep at its deepest point. It is an important passageway for shipping between Egypt and the lands of the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean, and for ships using the Suez Canal. It contains rich petroleum deposits, which have been used on a large scale since the 1960s.

See also sinai peninsula; suez canal.

arthur goldschmidt