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21747-Panama Bay Showing Pacific Entrance to Panama Canal, Balboa, Canal Zone.
In"this view we are off the town of Balboa
at the Pacific end of the canal, where its
waters combine with those of Panama Bay.
We are facing the northwest, and in the
direction of Miraflores Lake, some 4 miles
away. The hills in the distance show how
rolling the country is, even down to the
In the immediate foreground a tug is tow-
ing one of the hydraulic dredges elsewhere
described (see view 21745). To the back of
this view (i. e. to the southeast), the break-
water, described in view 21766, has its origin
and extends from the mainland to the islanql
The distance to deep water in the Pacific
is some 5 miles from this point. The channel
of approach at this end of the Canal is 500
feet at the bottom. The depth of the channel
here is 45 feet at mean tide, which is 4 feet
more than the depth to be maintained on the
Atlantic side. This variation is not made to
accommodate any change of sea-level in the
two oceans as has been sometimes errone-
ously supposed. The fact is the tide varies
much more at the Pacific terminus because
r the Panama Bay being funnel-shaped,
thus exaggerating the rise and fall of the
Copyright 1913, by The Keystone View Company.