Today ships looking to cross to through to the Pacific Ocean whether cargo or passenger ships cross through the Panama Canal


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Today ships looking to cross to through to the Pacific Ocean whether cargo or passenger ships cross through the Panama Canal.

  • Today ships looking to cross to through to the Pacific Ocean whether cargo or passenger ships cross through the Panama Canal.

  • When they reach the canal they will have to wait about 20 hours in line before they a able to cross the canal.

  • Then the ship will pass through a 40 mile long pass that is available 24/7/365.

  • The actual trip takes about 8 hours and costs thousands of dollars.



Given the time and cost the trip is worth it because it is the only shortcut in the Western hemisphere for ships to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean without having to go around the tip of South America.

  • Given the time and cost the trip is worth it because it is the only shortcut in the Western hemisphere for ships to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean without having to go around the tip of South America.

  • The canal saves ships 7,800 miles in travel distance.



Ships enter the Panama Canal at sea level, however parts of the canal cut through mountains.

  • Ships enter the Panama Canal at sea level, however parts of the canal cut through mountains.

  • The ships are raised and lowered several times in locks as they travel through the canal.

  • Define a lock.



Each ship passes through a set of gates into a lock chamber. The water in this chamber is at sea level.

  • Each ship passes through a set of gates into a lock chamber. The water in this chamber is at sea level.

  • Then, more water comes pouring into the chamber. When the water rises high enough, the ship passes through a second set of gates and enters a small lake.

  • Next, the ship proceeds to the next lock.



The ships will pass through two more sets of locks and zigzag through a passage cut through the mountains.

  • The ships will pass through two more sets of locks and zigzag through a passage cut through the mountains.

  • After sailing through a huge lake. They exit at the city of Colon into the Atlantic Ocean.



The idea of a shortcut through Panama has always been a dream of sailors since the 1500’s.

  • The idea of a shortcut through Panama has always been a dream of sailors since the 1500’s.

  • Define transportation corridor.

  • What would the canal cut? What do you think is the benefit?

  • What happened in 1881?

  • What did builders struggle with?



What blocked the way?

  • What blocked the way?

  • What killed 25,000 workers?

  • What happened to the French company?



The United States Takes a Role

  • The United States Takes a Role

  • What happened in 1902?

  • Who were opposed to the Canal?



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