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by Luis Santanach Bernal, Engineer, Water Manager; Panama Canal Authority Pacific Water Sector,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 6, Pg. 55-55


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A key component of the recent Panama Canal expansion involved the widening and deepening of Gatun Lake, the artificial lake that serves as the canal's reservoir, and the deepening of the Culebra Cut (also known as the Gaillard Cut), a flooded valley created during the original construction of the canal to connect Gatun Lake to the lock complexes on the Pacific side. The work covered approximately 50 km of the waterway within the freshwater portion of the Panama Canal.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Canals | Civil engineering landmarks | Reservoirs | Floods | Construction management | Locks (waterway) | Panama | Central America

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