Gulf of Sidra

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Sidra, Gulf of

(sĭd`rə), Arab. Khalij Surt, arm of the Mediterranean Sea, lying between Misratah and Benghazi, Libya. Tuna fishing is an important economic activity.

Sidra, Gulf of

 

(also Khalij Surt), a gulf of the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya. The Gulf of Sidra extends inland 115 km. It measures 465 km at the entrance and has a maximum depth of 1,374 m. Tides are semidiurnal and measure 0.4 m. Ports on the gulf include Bengasi, Marsa el Brega, and Es Sider, the last two of which are used for the export of oil.