Isthmus of Suez

Coordinates: 30°29′30″N 32°42′30″E / 30.49167°N 32.70833°E / 30.49167; 32.70833

The Isthmus of Suez is the 75-mile-wide (125-km) land bridge[1] that lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, east of the Suez Canal, the boundary between the continents of Africa and Asia.[2] Beneath it runs the Suez Rift, dividing mainland Egypt and Africa from the Sinai Peninsula. It is located within the country of Egypt, geographically linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Like many other isthmuses, it is a location of great strategic and historical value, most notably due to the presence of the Suez Canal.

Nile River and delta from orbit

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  1. ^ "Suez Canal." Encyclopædia Britannica. Accessed April 2014.
  2. ^ Hughes, William (1908). The advanced class-book of modern geography, by W. Hughes and J.F. Williams. By W. Hughes. p. 332.