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Panama Canal

Monument of the Millennium
Seven Wonders of the Modern World 1955, 1994

Panama CanalThe dream of Spanish conquistadors, the Panama Canal is one of civil engineering's greatest triumphs. Some 42,000 workers dredged, blasted and excavated the canal. They moved enough earth and rubble between Colon and Balboa to bury Manhattan to a depth of 12 feet. The canal was finished on time and within budget, but after completion a challenge remained: how to tame the flood waters of Chagres River, known to rise 25 feet in a day during monsoon season. Solution: Civil engineers erected a dam that formed the world's then-largest human-made lake. Today, the canal operates much as it did in 1914. In each transit, 52 million gallons of fresh water is lost, but it is quickly replaced by Panama's heavy rainfall. Previous ASCE designations include International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (1984) and Seven Wonders of the Modern World (1955 and 1994). 

Additional Information  

http://www.pancanal.com/
Detailed information from the Panama Canal Authority, offering information about current programs and projects, historical trivia and photographs and general information about the intricate workings of the Canal.

http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html
Web cam provided by the Panama Canal Authority. This camera shows operations at the Miraflores Locks and other points of interest in the Canal.

http://www.canalmuseum.com/
This site is perfect for the visual learner. It boasts photographs in chronological order, numerous steps involved in the Panama Canal's construction. Also contains historic data and stories about Panama and its people.

ASCE provides these links for informational purposes only, without endorsement.