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Re: Is the Red Sea cooled by the Mediterranean Sea?

Date: Fri Aug 24 08:28:43 2007
Posted By: David and John Free, Post-doc/Fellow, MFA, MFA
Area of science: Earth Sciences
ID: 1175715155.Es

Hi Christine

Your question cannot be answered until you state HOW MUCH the cooling is 
and at which end of the Red Sea.

Whilst it is true that the mean sea levels differ and one sea may be 
cooler than the other, the Suez canal (as a connecting channel) is only 
open when the locks open to allow ships to pass.

In any case the water in the canal will be warmed by the sun en route.

If you want a way to cool the Red Sea, consider this:
The sun on the Red sea causes evaporation (cooling by latent heat - 
constant temperature). Any wind removes this vapor and DOES cool the 
No doubt some of the resulting rain ends up changing the temperature of 
the Mediteranean and the rain clouds shade the sun.
It seems any "cooling of the Red Sea" is far more due to the weather than 
to water flow through Suez


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