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The Panama Canal

"Where in the World" Geography/Language Project Parneet Natt :)
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The Panama Canal My "Where in the World" Assignment
By: Parneet Natt 7B :) World Issue The Five Themes of Geography Movement Region The world issue is; the making of the Panama Canal and its expansion. This issue, has disrupted the environments in, and surrounding the canal. Location (Relative/Absolute)
Place
Region
Movement
Human Environmental Interaction The Panama Canal - the Chagres River, Gatun Lake, the 3 locks and passages, and the 2nd and 3rd largest harbors of Latin America- the port of Cristobal and port of Balboa. The language spoken in Panama is Spanish. Relative Location: Movement occurs on a regular basis through the canal, in which goods are transported between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The goods are brought in and out of Panama, through the port of Cristobal and the port of Balboa. Place Human Environmental Interaction Bibliography
"Panama Canal." Panama Canal. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.east-buc.k12.ia.us/00_01/FP/pan/pan.htm>.
"The Panama Canal." The Panama Canal. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.eclipse.co.uk/~sl5763/panama.htm>.
"Inventory of Conflict and Environment: Panama Canal." Inventory of Conflict and Environment: Panama Canal. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2012. <http://www1.american.edu/ted/ice/panama-canal.htm>.
"Search." Global Envision. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2012. <http://www.globalenvision.org/search/node/Panama%2520Canal>.
Tyson, Bruce. "Work Starts on $5 Billion Expansion of Panama Canal." Helium. Helium, 21 Aug. 2011. Web. 29 Sept. 2012. <http://www.helium.com/items/2217470-work-starts-on-5-billion-expansion-of-panama-canal>.
The Panama Canal Environmental Impact. N.p., n.d. Web.
"Widening of Panama Canal Will Remake World Trade Patterns." PANAMA CITY, Panama. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.thestate.com/2012/08/06/2382247/widening-of-panama-canal-will.html>.
"Short-term Ecological Consequences of a Major Oil Spill on Panamanian Subtidal Reef Corals." Free Reference Manager and PDF Organizer. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.mendeley.com/research/short-term-ecological-consequences-major-oil-spill-panamanian-subtidal-reef-corals/>.
"Panama Canal Expansion and the Global Economy." Global Envision. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.globalenvision.org/library/3/1339>.
"Panama Canal Expansion Spurs Environmental Debate." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/06/070627-panama-canal.html>.
"Panama City, Panama Real Estate and Travel Reports." Panama City, Panama Real Estate and Travel Reports. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.thepanamareport.com/>.
Radiofreebc. "Panama Canal Timelapse." Panama Canal Timelapse. YouTube, 01 July 2006. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vi19z4LEi0>.
Main Idea Point of View A Journey Through the Canal The Solution History of the Canal THE END
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED MY PRESENTATION AND LEARNED SOMETHING NEW! Location Geography Unit question: Are human environmental interactions conducted in a responsible way?
Language Unit question: How do our choices effect the global environment?
MLA Format The Panama Canal is located in the country of Panama. Panama is the southernmost country in Central America. It is located between Costa Rica and Columbia. The canal lies in between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Absolute Location: The Panama Canal is located 9 degrees North, and 80 degrees West in the city of Panama. Physical Features: The Panama Canal. Human Features: (Man Made) The Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, the locks and passages, and the ports of Cristobal and of Balboa. Natural Features: Chagres River Cultural Features: Spanish-speaking, Democratic government and U.S dollar currency. The Journey: In this time lapse video, the boat takes you along the canal. The tour starts from the Atlantic entrance through Limon Bay. Next, the boat proceeds to the Gatun Locks. Then, it continues south through a channel in Gatun Lake to Gamboa, where the Culebra Cut begins. At the end of the cut, are the locks of Pedro Miguel. Finally, the Pedro Miguel locks take you to the Miraflores locks, where you reach the Pacific terminus in the bay of Panama. The Panama Canal was constructed in two parts. Work on the canal, first started on May 4, 1904. The Panama Canal was finished on October 10, 1913. It was open for traffic on August 15, 1914. The U.S gave up the rights of governing the Panama Canal to Panama, in 1999. During the construction of the canal, little attention was placed on the local environment, people and biodiversity. The end of the construction saw the creation of Lake Gutan and changed micro climates. No, the human environmental interactions were not conducted in a responsible way. Since the creation of the canal, humans, marine life and wildlife in the canal have been suffering. The problem is, that the Panama Canal does not have an effective sanitation infrastructure, for processing sewage, everything is released into the canal. Some solutions can be: "Good Water Chases Bad" process
"Tide Circulation"
a "Grass Filtration System"
flood management
an effective sanitation procedure
higher and stricter policies/fines for illegal actions The only problem would be, the cost and the effectiveness. Our choices effect the global environment in many ways. For example; the constructors' choice of dredging the canal very deep, has led to an endless cycle of trying to meet the demand for shipping and the supply of water. The main idea is that engineers have begun working on an ambitious, but controversial plan, to add a third shipping lane to the Panama Canal. This plan had spurred an enormous environmental debate. The planners claim that the 5.25 billion US dollar expansion will have little impact on the surrounding environment, although, farmers and residents agree otherwise. Main Idea of Article: (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr POV Represented POV not Represented engineers
farmers
Panamanian government
Panama's President
Planners
Officials
Designers
Ship drivers
residents
The article was only based on the environmental threats surrounding the canal, not the ecosystems in it POV= Point of View Interesting Facts Due to the reclining "S" shape of the Isthmus of Panama the sun rises from the Pacific and sets in the Atlantic Ocean.
In June 1979 the U.S. Navy hydrofoil Pegasus made the fastest transit ever when it crossed the Panama Canal in record time of 2 hours and 41 minutes.
More than 60,000,000 pounds of dynamite was used to excavate and construct the Panama Canal.
The United States uses the canal the most, followed by China, Japan, Chile and North Korea.
Nearly 20,000 French and 6,000 American workers died during the completion of the Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal’s nickname is the Big Ditch.
Panama hats are named after the Panama Canal, because they were made and sold during the canal's construction.
Interesting Facts Due to the reclining "S" shape of the Isthmus of Panama the sun rises from the Pacific and sets in the Atlantic Ocean.
In June 1979 the U.S. Navy hydrofoil Pegasus made the fastest transit ever when it crossed the Panama Canal in record time of 2 hours and 41 minutes.
More than 60,000,000 pounds of dynamite was used to excavate and construct the Panama Canal.
The United States uses the canal the most, followed by China, Japan, Chile and North Korea.
Nearly 20,000 French and 6,000 American workers died during the completion of the Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal’s nickname is the Big Ditch.
Panama hats were named after the canal, because they were made and sold during the construction.
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