21738-Culebra Cut Looking North Showing Land Slides on Both Sides, Panama Canal.
The cut at its deepest point is shown here.
We are facing toward the Atlantic terminus,
and are looking from a position on Con-
tractor's Hill. In fact, the camera is located
right above the angle of the Canal described
in view 21739. The hill to the right is the
northern slope of Gold Hill.
The numerous slides along the cut have
moved over 200 acres of soil. There are two
kinds of slides. The one in which the loose
surface soil simply slides forward is well
exhibited in views 21741, 21743, 21757. The
Coiyi i 1913, by The
most famous slide of this kind is the Cucara-
The other slide is caused by the bulky
weight at the crest of the banks becoming
too heavy for the strata near the bottom,
which is thus blg ed out into the cut and
te bank ~allowed to settle. The heavy top
part thelocser'w1:" and tumbles down the side.
The possibility of this kind c.f a slide is
being leIsened by the removal of the heavy
top material by means of steam-shovels,
wherever necessary. The 75 acre slide at
Contractor's Hill is the largest of this type.
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