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The Chagres: Power of the Panama Canal (Rivers of the World)
The Chagres Power of the Panama Canal - Rivers of the World Author:Jean Lee Latham If there were no Chagres River there would be no Panama Canal. For the Chagres supplies the electric power and the water to run the canal--billions of gallons of water to fill the locks. And without the Canal, ships traveling to and from the Atlantic and Pacific would have to sail around Cape Horn on the southern tip of South America. — The fir... more »st white man to see the Chagres River was Columbus who was searching for a sea route to the East. He died never knowing he had seen the river which would someday provide the path to the East. Hundreds of years after Columbus' visit, men began to search for ways to cut through the narrow strip of land that joined two continents.
The Chagres is a fascinating story of men's patience and perseverance against overwhelming odds. In the end, they tamed the wild Chagres River, conquered mountains, and created an engineering marvel--the Crossroads of the World.« less