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Culebra Cut – Part III

Images: Top: Early slide in Culebra
Middle: Another early slide covering train track
Bottom: Culebra Cut today


The totally unforeseen nature of the approximately 22 “
slides” that plagued the construction of the Panama Canal, and in particular the operations in Culebra Cut, was what made them such a deadly and thoroughly exacerbating feature of the canal’s creation. The slides were also the single most convincing factor in determining that a sea level canal would never be possible in Panama. Continue reading