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Panama City and Gatun Lake Along Panama Canal – January 21st, 2012

9.2N 79.8W

January 21st, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

Panama - December 24th, 2011

The large lake in this orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image of Panama is Gatun Lake (Spanish: Lago GatĂșn), a large artificial lake that forms a major part of the Panama Canal, carrying ships for 33 km (21 mi) of their transit across the Isthmus of Panama.

The lake was created between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. At the time it was created, Gatun Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world, and the dam was the largest dam on earth.

Visible to the south is Panama City, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama. It has a population of 880,691, with a total metro population of 1,272,672, and it is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of the same name. Panama City has a dense skyline of mostly highrise buildings, and it is surrounded by a large belt of tropical rainforest.

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