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  Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Panama Canal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The building of a canal in Panama was first speculated in the early 1500s, but not finished until almost 400 years later when the canal opened on August 15, 1914.
The canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken; it was plagued by problems during and after its construction, including disease, deadly landslides and lack of water.
The Panama Canal connects the Gulf of Panama, in the Pacific ocean, with the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Panama_Canal   (3653 words)

  
 Panama Canal Encyclopedia Articles @ LocalColorArt.com (Local Color Art)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Because of the S-shape of the Isthmus of Panama the canal runs from south-east at the Pacific end to north-west at the Atlantic; to avoid confusion the canal authorities classify transits of the canal as northbound (Pacific to Atlantic) and southbound (Atlantic to Pacific).
A schematic of the Panama Canal, illustrating the sequence of locks and passages.
The canal authority cites a number of major improvements, including the widening and straightening of the Gaillard Cut to reduce restrictions on crossing vessels, the deepening of the navigational channel in Gatun Lake to reduce draft restrictions and improve water supply, and the deepening of the Atlantic and Pacific Entrances of the Canal.
www.localcolorart.com /encyclopedia/Panama_Canal   (3392 words)

  
 SingaporeMoms - Parenting Encyclopedia - Panama Canal
The Panama Canal is a large canal, 51 miles (82 kilometres) long, that cuts through the isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Because of the S shape of Panama, the Atlantic lies to the west of the canal and the Pacific to the east, reversing the normal orientation.
Ferdinand de Lesseps, who was in charge of the construction of the Suez Canal, was initially called upon to build the new canal at Panama and construction began on January 1, 1880.
www.singaporemoms.com /parenting/Panama_Canal   (1543 words)

  
 HighBeam Encyclopedia - Panama Canal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
PANAMA CANAL [Panama Canal] waterway across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic (by way of the Caribbean Sea) and Pacific oceans, built by the United States (1904-14) on territory leased from the republic of Panama.
The canal, running S and SE from Limón Bay at Colón on the Atlantic to the Bay of Panama at Balboa on the Pacific, is 40 mi (64 km) long from shore to shore and 51 mi (82 km) long between channel entrances.
The eighth wonder: Panama has many attractions, but the Panama Canal is still the main draw for tourists.
encyclopedia.infonautics.com /html/P/PanCanl.asp   (1278 words)

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