Panama Canal Expansion Project Planned

 - Jul 2, 2007   Updated: Aug 31 2011
References: news.nationalgeographic
An expansion of the Panama Canal is currently being planned. Construction will widen and deepen the locks and will allow the canal to operate more efficiently, using 7 percent less water.
Presently, the locks fill with fresh water raising ships above sea level, allowing them to sail across the Canal. Every time a ship passes through a lock, approximately 55 million gallons of fresh water drains into the sea.

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