How the Panama canal works.

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13 Jan 2018 22:26 - +4104
Here is how it looks IRL -
13 Jan 2018 22:20 - +2004
The original French lead engineer was the same guy who did the Suez Canal which was dredged to sea level and doesn't require these locks to raise the vessel. For the Panama, it just wasn't feasible though because of the heavy rain and jungle in the area, and like most things back in those days, a lot of people died building it. Another fun fact: the USA secured a 100 year lease on the canal. Jimmy Carter gave Panama ownership in 1977 in a treaty that required the canal always be neutral.
13 Jan 2018 22:55 - +860
I always thought it was just a big ass ditch they dug
13 Jan 2018 22:27 - +355
How long does the whole process of getting across usually take? That looks like it’d take forever!
13 Jan 2018 23:02 - +300
Once the boat was at the top my stupid brain was saying “alright now just open all the rest and let it gently slide down “ :/ that would not have worked . Bad brain! Bad!
13 Jan 2018 23:56 - +208
13 Jan 2018 22:14 - +122
Dumb question: Couldn't they just dig away the rest of the hill(mountain?). Seems a lot more efficient...
13 Jan 2018 23:06 - +83
So the lake loses water every time a boat passes through? I never thought about how the canal would need to be placed on a self-replenishing body of water.
13 Jan 2018 23:52 - +82
Isn’t this how all canals with locks work?
14 Jan 2018 00:12 - +57
That’s just locks. The beautiful part of the Panama Canal is the pully system that pulls the massive ships through
13 Jan 2018 22:45 - +43
If I’m not mistaken this is also called a lock, Ottawa has a very impressive system of locks next to the capital building.
14 Jan 2018 00:36 - +35
Basically, a series of locks. Most canals have them. Easier to make one lock than to dig out 50 miles of canal, or make a 50 mile long raised canal.
14 Jan 2018 00:02 - +28
Fun Fact: The Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal is located farther West than the Pacific entrance.
14 Jan 2018 00:32 - +26
.... Isn't this how all canals work or am I missing something?
13 Jan 2018 23:31 - +24
This is outdated. Here is a much better explanation of The recently completed, 3rd set of Locks.
14 Jan 2018 00:35 - +19
So like any other canal with locks then
13 Jan 2018 23:28 - +10
A Man, a Plan, a Canal- Panama.
14 Jan 2018 00:03 - +9
TIL that when traveling from the Atlantic/Caribbean to the Pacific through the Panama canal, you are moving South East.
13 Jan 2018 23:57 - +8
Most locks work like this.
14 Jan 2018 00:40 - +7
This is also how the Erie Canal works.
14 Jan 2018 01:52 - +5
"How a lock works"
13 Jan 2018 23:54 - +4
I went through the panama canal every week for 9 months. Never got tired of it.
13 Jan 2018 23:34 - +3
Also: how DO they reset the chambers? Where does the water go?
14 Jan 2018 01:05 - +3
"You go around the horn, like god intended!"

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