This Red Sea area, so rich with colors from beiges to ochres to iron reds and burnt siennas, makes me wonder, why is it so hot down there? Why is the mud so crystalline and sticky? Why does it smell like iodine?
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute gave me some jars that were badly marked and useless to scientists, from a cruise that provoked plenty of questions from scientists because they discovered water temperatures of 56°C (133°F ). Equatorial sun? Hydrothermal vents? Find an interesting article at WHOI’s Dive and Discover on-line archive.
Later, Amy Bower gave me a different sample along with this map: