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Old February 3rd, 2005, 07:42 PM
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Default Can someone explain the panama canal locks?

Can someone explain why they don't just dig the canal really really deep so that the ships can just sail through it freely?

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I think it has something to do with the variance in elevation between the Atlantic & Pacific & the artificial lakes in the canal (Lake Gatun & Miraflores). I think I read somewhere that the Chagres River, which crosses the canal several times, is prone to flooding which made a sea level canal unworkable.

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I am in the process of reading the Path Between the Seas by McCullough--it's a really fat book but quite engrossing .It explains the construction difficulties & a whole lot more--quite a bit of history that accompanies the Panama Canal story I rec. the book highly! I als hear there's a video of the same name or similar
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