World: A New Canal In Panama

FOR six years a special presidential commission studied possible routes for an Atlantic-Pacific waterway to replace the existing Panama Canal. A route along the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border looked appealing; so did one through Colombia. Last week, however, the commission recommended a 36-mile sea-level canal across Panama, only ten miles west of the present one. It will be able to accommodate all 150,000-ton ships as well as the U.S. Navy's 60,000-ton Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carriers, which are too wide for the present canal. The new canal will also have the potential to han dle...

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