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Panama Canal

To switch between the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean without leaving the hull of the water, you must take the Panama Canal (80 km), and describe thus an amazing zigzag: Colon, the entry of the canal, is in fact north-west of Panama. You must start from the port of Cristobal (Colon), sheltered by two large piers, let a pilot boat that knows the channel by heart guide you, and cross the locks (six in all, a drop of 25 cm between the entry and output), such as gatum Locks, just after Cristobal, or the Miraflores Locks (just before the port of Balboa, Panama City). Huge cargo ships narrowly slip through narrow basins. All those who pass thus earn their nickname “panamax”, designating the maximum dimensions of ships transiting the canal: 34.5 meters wide and 305 meters long. You also pass through the Gatun Lake, which is lost in the rainforest, in which the Indians travel by boat from one bank to another.

Considered in 1500, the canal was finally realized between 1904 and 1914. About 14 000 vessels are crossing each year (5% of global maritime trade), avoiding the laborious trip through Cape Horn. Colon on the Atlantic side, and Panama City on the Pacific side, are very different: one populated by black communities, poor and very much alive, but decaying, the second is rapidly developing. Emptied of its U.S garrison since the retrocession of the canal area to Panama in 1999, Panama City cultivates contrasts and cosmopolitanism. On the waterfront, a wall of skyscrapers hosts the hardworking business district. Buildings are growing everywhere. In the bay near Casco Viejo, one of the historical colonial quarters, the fishing port, where one is still napping on fishing nets, seems remaining from another time. And the Bridge of the Americas, which crosses from 1962 the Panama Canal, is connecting the North American continent to the South.

Texte : Anne Jankeliowitch

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AA07988 The Bridge of the Americas in Panama City.
The Bridge of the Americas in Panama City. Philip Plisson AA07988

The Bridge of the Americas in Panama City.

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02/15/2004
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AA07994 Pilot boat in the port of Colon.
Pilot boat in the port of Colon. Philip Plisson AA07994

Pilot boat in the port of Colon.

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02/15/2004
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AA07998 Le lac de Gatun, sur le canal de Panama.
Le lac de Gatun, sur le canal de Panama. Philip Plisson AA07998

Le lac de Gatun, sur le canal de Panama.

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02/15/2004
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AA08005 Le canal de Panama, à l'endroit le plus étroit, appelé le lit de la tranchée Gaillard (ou Culebra).
Le canal de Panama, à l'endroit le plus étroit, appelé le lit de la tranchée Gaillard (ou Culebra). Philip Plisson AA08005

Le canal de Panama, à l'endroit le plus étroit, appelé le lit de la tranchée Gaillard (ou Culebra).

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02/15/2004
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AA08008 Panama City.
Panama City. Philip Plisson AA08008

Panama City.

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AA08006 The Panama Canal in activity.
The Panama Canal in activity. Philip Plisson AA08006

The Panama Canal in activity.

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AA08014 Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal.
Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA08014

Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal.

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AA08024 Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal.
Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA08024

Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal.

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AA08032 A lock at night on the Panama Canal.
A lock at night on the Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA08032

A lock at night on the Panama Canal.

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AA08028 Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal.
Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA08028

Gatun locks, one of three locks of the Panama Canal.

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AA07916 Lock on the Panama Canal.
Lock on the Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA07916

Lock on the Panama Canal.

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AA07918 Lock on the Panama Canal.
Lock on the Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA07918

Lock on the Panama Canal.

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AA11027 The Levant in Panama canal.
The Levant in Panama canal. Philip Plisson AA11027

The Levant in Panama canal.

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AA14221 Lock on Panama Canal.
Lock on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14221

Lock on Panama Canal.

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AA14226 Lock on Panama Canal.
Lock on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14226

Lock on Panama Canal.

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AA14228 Pilot boat on Panama Canal.
Pilot boat on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14228

Pilot boat on Panama Canal.

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AA14243 Lock on Panama Canal.
Lock on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14243

Lock on Panama Canal.

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AA14236 Lock on Panama Canal.
Lock on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14236

Lock on Panama Canal.

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AA14244 Lock on Panama Canal.
Lock on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14244

Lock on Panama Canal.

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AA14237 Lock on Panama Canal.
Lock on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14237

Lock on Panama Canal.

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AA14239 Lock on Panama Canal.
Lock on Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14239

Lock on Panama Canal.

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AA14248 Panama Canal.
Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14248

Panama Canal.

AA14248

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AA14258 Panama Canal.
Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14258

Panama Canal.

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AA14262 Panama Canal.
Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14262

Panama Canal.

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AA14266 Panama Canal.
Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA14266

Panama Canal.

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AA07967 Buste deFerdinand De Lesseps, l'initiateur du canal de Panama.
Buste deFerdinand De Lesseps, l'initiateur du canal de Panama. Philip Plisson AA07967

Buste deFerdinand De Lesseps, l'initiateur du canal de Panama.

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AA07970 The Panama Canal
The Panama Canal Philip Plisson AA07970

The Panama Canal

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AA07971 Lock on the Panama Canal.
Lock on the Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA07971

Lock on the Panama Canal.

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AA07972 Container ship entering a lock.
Container ship entering a lock. Philip Plisson AA07972

Container ship entering a lock.

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AA07984 The Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal. Philip Plisson AA07984

The Panama Canal.

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