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.Know More
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 in Bodies of Water
The two bodies of water connected by the Suez Canal are the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. The Suez Canal is located through a narrow strip of land in the north of Egypt.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the Panama Canal is owned and controlled by Panama. The United States owned and operated the canal until 1999. The United States gave control over to Panama step by step starting in 1979, and full ownership was given to Panama on December 31, 1999.Full Answer >
As of 2014, there are three sets of locks in the Panama Canal: the three-chambered Gatun Locks, the one-chambered Pedro Miguel Locks and the two-chambered Miraflores Locks. Each lock is built double to accommodate two independent transit lanes.Full Answer >
The Panama Canal was first attempted by the Spanish government beginning in 1819, although it was not completed until 1913 by the U.S. government, after the country of Panama was created in 1903. It was first used on August 15, 1914.Full Answer >