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11481. Geography-.-We are looking north from ,Though ,each finished leaf will weigh from 400-600 tons,
the west side of the lower lock at Miraflores. This each will swing back easily against the pockets i the
side of the lock is to be used by Pacific-bound ships, lock walls in about two minutes.
which at this point will be within eight miles of the History.-On Aug. 31, 1913, the dike, 5,000 feet south
Pacific canal entrance. Across the sixty foot centre of here across the sea-level ditch, was blown out and
wall we see the east side of the water-way, to be used the Pacific flowed into these locks-just 400 years after
by Atlantic-bound ships, at this point some thirty-four Balboa first saw its waters.
miles south of their goal at Cristobal. Read "Pana.a' by Albert Edwards and The Ameri-
It is a rise of fifty-five feet from the sea-level ditch cans in Panama'" by W. R.'Scott.
back of us to Miraflores Lake, which separates this
double flight of water-elevators from the one lock (30
feet) at Pedro Miguel. Inclines from lower to upper locks, Miraflores.
Transportation.-Construction.-As wve look down
from our vantage-point on the elevated crane n notice' Pentes entire les Scluses du bas et cells du haut,
first the railroad tracks over which the little' "electric Miraflores.
mules" will climb from one lock level to the next with
ships in tow. The tracks are equipped with centre cogs Abhlinge von den unteren nach den oberen Schleusen,
and the engines are to control the ship by means of a Miraflores,
towing windlass which can be given out or taken in Pendientes desdeas copuertassuperiores lain
without actual motion of the engine.
The unfinished state of the gates permits us to see feriores, Miraflores.
the "honey-comb" structure. These great leaves are Stigningar fran tIgre till hogre slussar, Miraflores
seven feet thick and sixty-five feet wide. Steel plates
S cover the other side and will be laid over this side. YiaJoHb OTL HHIJmIaro Iai BepXBeM` mIaosav MITna.rfirnnoao
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