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The Panama Canaul (Spaingie: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canaul in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) tae the Paceefic Ocean. The canaul cuts athort the Isthmus o Panama an is a key conduit for internaitional maritime trade. Thare are locks at each end tae lift ships up tae Gatun Loch, an airtifeecial loch creatit tae reduce the amoont o excavation wirk required for the canaul, 26 metres (85 ft) abuin sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane o locks is currently unner construction an is due tae open in 2016.

Panama Canaul
Canal de panama
Panama Canal Map EN.png
A schematic o the Panama Canal, illustratin the sequence o locks an passages
Specifications
Locks3 locks up, 3 doun per transit; aw twa lanes
(2 lanes o locks; locks biggit in three steids)
StatusOpen, extension in process
Navigation authorityPanama Canaul Authority
History
Oreeginal ainerLa Société internationale du Canal
Principal ingineerJohn Findlay Wallace (1904–05), John Frank Stevens (1905–07), George Washington Goethals (1907–14)
Date o first uiseAugust 15, 1914

Coordinates: 9°04′48″N 79°40′48″W / 9.08000°N 79.68000°W / 9.08000; -79.68000