Updated: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:00:00 GMT
The world’s greatest feats of engineering

The Panama Canal turns 100 on August 15



Panama Canal (© WILL & DENI MCINTYRE/Getty Images)
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When it opened on August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal linked the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and cut thousand of kilometres from a perilous sea voyage. 100 years on, it's still a brilliant piece of engineering. The sea level and high tides are different on each coast, so three enormous sets of locks had to be built into the design to raise or lower the canal between one end of its 77km (48-mile) course and the other.

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