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English: A diagram illustrating the layout of the Panama Canal (in quick JPEG format, auto-resizes to fit).

Due to the shape of the Isthmus of Panama, the Pacific end of the canal is actually the south-east end, and the Caribbean / Atlantic end is at the north-west. From the Pacific side, the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks (with two and one stages respectively) lead up to the highest level of the canal, 26 metres (85 feet) above sea level. The Culebra Cut (or Gaillard Cut) leads to Gatún Lake, created by damming the Chagres River; then the Gatún Locks lead back down to sea level in Limón Bay.

The heavy red line shows the ship route. The narrower red line in Gatún Lake is the Banana Cut, a shortcut used by canal boats and yachts.
Date 26 December 2006
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