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Panama Canal is an international waterway of great geographical importance. The Panama Canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. It was built through the Isthmus of Panama and connects the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Panama. The Panama Canal is 81.6 km long and between 150 and 305 m wide. It has 6 locks (two of them are on the Pacific side) . The locks are filled with water from Gatun Lake. Since 1904, when the building work began, the Canal has been connected with various political and technical problems. During the work on the project - at that time the most expensive one in the world - hundreds of people died. The Panama Canal was open in 1914 after ten years of hard work. However, it was not used to its full capacity until 1920. The head architect of the project was Ferdinand Lesseps (1805-1894, the French engineer who had built the Suez Canal. In 2006 it was agreed by the referendum that the Panama Canal will be expanded. The building work will have been finished by the year 2015.
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