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Panama City and Mountains from Panama to Colombia – March 27th, 2012

8.9N 79.5W

March 27th, 2012 Category: Image of the day, Mountains

Panama and Colombia - January 4th, 2012

This wide-swath ASAR image focuses on Panama, located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica. Visible near the left edge as a bright white area is Panama City, located strategically at the entrance to the Panama Canal.

The dominant feature of the country’s landform is the central spine of mountains and hills that forms the continental divide. The spine that forms the divide is the highly eroded arch of an uplift from the sea bottom, in which peaks were formed by volcanic intrusions.


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 Gatún), 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.