The Panama Canal is The World's Shortcut
The famous Panama Canal is an artificial 82 km (51 m) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. The canal uses an elaborate system of canal locks to pass ships across Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce excavation work.
The lake is 85ft (26m) above sea level. Up until 2016, the original locks were only 110ft (34 m) wide, limiting the size of the ships that could pass through the canal.
Between September 2007 and May 2016, a wider lane of lock was engineered that came into effect in June of 2016. Today, the canal is controlled by the government-owned Panama Canal Authority but this wasn't always the case.
In the past, Columbia, France, and the United States controlled the canal. The canal has an interesting history, almost as interesting as its use.
The good people at Wendover Production were kind enough to create this video that explains exactly how this canal considered the world's shortcut works. We won't give you any more details here. You have to watch the video for that.
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