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Comment: Geography of panama vs nicaragua (Score 3, Informative) 322

by camg188 (#47624171) Attached to: With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal
A quick look at google maps and I estimate
Panama is about 40 miles across and about 150 feet (65 k, 40 m) of altitude to overcome.
Nicaragua is about 150 miles and about 650 feet (240 k, 200 m) of altitude to overcome. The altitude difference would add a lot to operating expenses. They'd have to pump a lot of water to locks about 600 feet higher than in Panama.

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