Essay Archive - The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal
The canal is joining the atlantic and pacific oceans. It runs from
Cristobal on lemon bay, a part of the Caribbean sea, to Balboa, on the Gulf of
Panama. The canal is slightly more than 64 km long, not including the dredged
approach channels at either end. The minimum depth is 12.5 m, and the minimum
width is 91.5 m. The construction of the canal ranks as one of the greatest
engineering works of all time.
In history people had interest in a shorter route from the Atlantic to
Pacific. This began with the explorers of Central America early in the 16th
century. Hernan Cortez was a spanish conqeror....