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The Panama Canal

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The Panama Canal
Greetings Students!

To learn about the Panama Canal and prepare for the essay portion of your test, simply review this Prezi and be able to respond to the key questions on the last slide.

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What is it?
The Panama Canal is a 48-mile ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the
Isthmus

of Panama
and is a key conduit for international maritime trade.
There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 85 feet above sea level. The current locks are 110 feet wide. A third, wider lane of locks is currently under construction and is due to open in 2016.
Why is it important?
One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, enabling them to avoid the lengthy, hazardous Cape Horn route around tip of South America.
The shorter, faster, and safer route to the U.S. West Coast and to nations in and around the Pacific Ocean allowed those places to become more involved with the world economy.
How does it work?
The Canal uses a system of locks that function as water lifts, raising the ships from sea level (the Pacific or the Atlantic) to the level of Gatun Lake (26 meters above sea level); ships then sail the channel through the Continental Divide.
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Questions...
What is the Panama Canal?

How was it built?

What problems did the workers encounter?

How does it work?

Why is it important?


By: Mr. E.
France began work on the canal in 1881, but had to stop because of engineering problems and high death rate due to disease.
How Was it Built?
The building of the Panama Canal involved three main problems -- engineering, sanitation, and politics.
Problems
Engineering
- Digging through a mountain
Sanitation
- Mosquitoes and Yellow Fever
Politics
- Digging in a neighbor's yard
The United States took over the project in 1904, and took a decade to complete the canal, which was officially opened on August 15, 1914.
Ten years at a cost of about $387 million
Man and Machine
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
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