Panama Canal’s future depends on accommodating wider loads
When it opened in 1914, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Panama Canal not only changed how goods move across the world: It defied gravity. In the late 19th Century, the French had tried building a sea-level canal through Panana that ignored water’s inevitable flow downward. It was aborted after 22,000 Frenchmen died of tropical diseases. Now, a massive $5 billion infrastructure project is attempting nothing less than to master gravity again, and, in the process, to tame the flows of globalization.