Bab el-Mandeb Strait

Arabic  Bāb al-Mandab  

      strait between Arabia (northeast) and Africa (southwest) that connects the Red Sea (northwest) with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean (southeast). The strait is 20 miles (32 km) wide and is divided into two channels by Perim Island; the western channel is 16 miles (26 km) across, and the eastern is 2 miles (3 km) wide. With the building of the Suez Canal, the strait assumed great strategic and economic importance, forming a portion of the link between the Mediterranean Sea and East Asia. The flow through this strait provides for the circulation between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, since no flow takes place through the Suez Canal. The strait's Arabic name means “the gate of tears,” so called from the dangers that formerly attended its navigation.

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  • Bab el Mandeb — geographical name strait between SW Arabia & Africa connecting Red Sea & Gulf of Aden …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • BAB-EL-MANDEB —    (i. e. the Gate of Tears), a strait between Asia and Africa forming the entrance to the Red Sea, so called from the strong currents which rush through it, and often cause wreckage to vessels attempting to pass it …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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