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.Know More
The most challenging aspect associated with the excavation of the Panama Canal was the removal of a continental divide comprised of hard rock. The divide rose 100 meters above sea level. The excavation through the divide is known as the Culebra Cut.
Once complete, the canal cut roughly 7,800 miles off the sea journey from New York to San Francisco.Learn more about US History
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 in Central America is 77 kilometers (48 miles) long. It connects the two largest oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.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 >
The United States built the Panama Canal to create a relatively short, direct link for commercial and military shipping traffic between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. France attempted to build a canal there in the late 1800s, but gave up the project. The United States completed the construction between 1904 and 1914.Full Answer >