The Flushing Time of an Environmentally Sensitive, Yanbu Lagoon along the Eastern Red Sea Coast

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Author(s) Alaa M. A. Albarakati
Pages 135-140
Volume 2
Issue 2
Date February, 2012
Keywords Red Sea, Yanbu, Flushing, Hydrography.
Abstract

Yanbu Lagoon is located close to a huge industrial area. The lagoon is known as a rich marine environment habitat and is classified as an environmentally sensitive area by the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) of Saudi Arabia and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The flushing time of Yanbu lagoon is about 2-3 days. The measurements also showed that the water exchange between the lagoon and the open sea is not only controlled by the tidal force but at times the effects of winds may be significant. This short flushing time may not cause intolerable stress to its ecology.

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