The Panama Canal in Central America is 77 kilometers (48 miles) long. It connects the two largest oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.Continue Reading
The Panama Canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama. Work began on the canal in 1881 but stopped in 1894. Work resumed in 1904, and the canal officially opened in 1914; after that point, ships no longer had to sail around South America. This shaved 12,875 kilometers (8,000 miles) off each trip.
In 2007, a $5 billion expansion project began on the Canal. As of 2014, this project is expected to be completed in 2015 and adds a third, larger canal over the isthmus. This will increase the number and size of ships that can pass through the canal.Learn more about Bodies of Water
The Panama Canal links the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. This canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and operates under the jurisdiction of the Panama Canal Authority.Full Answer >
The Panama Canal was conceived of in the 16th century. The French were the first people to attempt to construct a canal through Panama. America originally wanted to build a canal in Nicaragua instead of Panama. Construction occurred in two stages.Full Answer >
The Panama Canal cuts across the isthmus of Panama providing ship passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It runs from the city of Colon on the Atlantic side to Balboa on the Pacific side.Full Answer >
The Panama Canal took approximately 10 years to construct. The U.S. took over the project from the French in 1904, and the canal was officially opened on August 15, 1914. At the peak of its excavation, workers dug out the equivalent of the English Channel Tunnel (or Chunnel) once every 14 weeks.Full Answer >