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Video: Five years of construction at Panama Canal

Earthcam’s time lapse video of the Panama Canal expansion project condenses five years of construction activity into just 170 seconds

This year, the Panama Canal expansion project came to an end.

The initiative was undertaken in a bid to provide a strategic route for global shipping companies, and involved the widening and deepening of the waterway.

The expanded Panama Canal allows the passage of ships three times the size of those that could be accommodated by the original waterway.

The project required six years of research, including more than 100 viability studies. Construction began in 2007, and the overall cost of the expansion has been estimated at $5.4bn.

The following time lapse video, which was created using Earthcam technology, shows how construction progressed between 2011 and 2016. 

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