Gatún Locks
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Gatún Locks

On the canal’s Caribbean side, the Gatún Locks lift ships 26 meters (85 feet), with barely a foot of clearance on either side of the walls for some vessels. The double gates which let in more than 95 million liters (25 million gallons) of water look as formidable as a medieval castle, while a new set of locks in the 2016 expansion permits even bigger craft. In their day, the French built a bustling town here, long since abandoned—though its cemetery and some other sites remain.

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