This week I’ll simply share a photo I took yesterday of a beautiful little spot I found to read a book, and listen to the rustle of the leaves.
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Barbara J. Feldman
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Panama Canal Printable(** for Premium Members only)
The Panama Canal is a man-made waterway, completed in 1914, linking the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through the Isthmus of Panama. An eight-hour trip through the fifty-mile Panama Canal saves a ship 5,200 miles on a voyage from Los Angeles to New York. Without it, to get from one U.S. coast to the other, a ship would need to travel around Cape Horn, at the southern tip of South America. In 1999, the United States handed control of the Canal to Panama.
BBC: Panama Canal Gallery
“The first attempt to build the Canal was made by a French company, but the attempt ended in failure in 1889. The American government eventually bought out the French for 40 million dollars, and their attempt to build the Canal started in 1904. The project ended in triumph, with the Canal opening in 1914, and it is now a vital artery of international trade, with nearly 14,000 ships travelling through it every year.” Click on any of the annotated gallery images to learn more.
Canal de Panama: Know Details About The Canal
From the official Panama Canal site, these how-the-canal-works animations (complemented by the sounds of rushing water and ship horns) offer a more detailed look at the physics of the canal than the previous animation site. “The three sets of locks of the two-lane Canal work as water elevators that lift the ships to the level of Gatun Lake, twenty-six meters over sea level, and later lower them again to sea level on the other side of the Isthmus of Panama.”
Ducksters: Panama Canal
“Why was it built? The Panama Canal was built to lower the distance, cost, and time it took for ships to carry cargo between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Before the canal, ships would have to go around the entire continent of South America. A ship traveling from New York to San Francisco saved around 8,000 miles and 5 months of travel by crossing at the canal.” At the bottom of the article is a link to a ten-question quiz.
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Panama Canal Printable
Printable Panama Canal Word Search
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The Panama Canal Quiz and Worksheet
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Quote of the Week
“Nothing is too high for a man to reach, but he must climb with care and confidence.” ~~ Hans Christian Andersen ~~ Click the link to read more quotes about goals.
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