A new study conducted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) at the University of Colorado, Boulder is shedding some additional light on a possible explanation for the ‘parting’ of the Red Sea some 3000 years ago. Although evidence to support the occurrence of the event as told in Exodus is still scarce, new models suggest that a phenomena known as ‘wind setdown’ could create the conditions necessary for a temporary land bridge to form along the shores of a narrow waterway.
Other models have produced similar results using various locations. A 1992 paper published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society focused on the northern part of the Gulf of Suez. Wind setdown events have been known to occur in recent history, including an event in 1882 near the Suez Canal.
Not everyone is convinced, though. There are obviously still questions to whether the event even happened. There are also suggestions that a lower sea level 3000 years ago would result in the described region already being void of water. Others just claim that this is a weak attempt to burst another miracle-bubble.
I would just love to witness such a spectacle. The thought that we still have a lot to learn gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Some people believe in miracles; I just think the world is a fantastic, wonderful, never-ending source of questions and answers, here to satisfy our curiosity.
A summary of the NCAR research can be found at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100921143930.htm