Panama, the Isthmus and the Canal

Panama, the Isthmus and the Canal

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...the plans in any manner that would involve serious uncertainty as to money and time that will be required for the completion of the undertaking. The Secretary of War and a majority in Congress are in accord with his sentiments. The law gives him unquestionable authority to proceed with the canal in the way he thinks fit. He may, if he chooses, entirely disregard the advice of the Board as to the form of the waterway and continue the work on the present lines with a view to the completion of the canal with locks. If, on the other hand, the President should adopt the recommendation of the Board it would be necessary for him to secure the endorsement of Congress in the form of a further appropriation to meet the additional cost of sea-level construction. It is probable that the President will formally submit the report of the Board to Congress, accompanied by a message arguing the desirability of adhering to the lock-level project. CONSIDERATION OF THE RIVAL PRDJEOTS. It is universally admitted that a sea-level canal is the ideal waterway. It would involve few engineering problems of consequence that would be absent from the plans for a lock canal. The two important elements of construction are the same in either case--the control of the Chagres and the passage of the divide. In both cases it would be necessary to provide for one or more dams and spillways to accommodate the flood waters of the river and the diversion of its lower course is also a feature of each project. The construction of a sea-level canal would require a much deeper cut at the Culebra pass and other points, but it might not entail any greater difliculties in excavation than may be expected in digging a lock level, though the task of transportation to the dumps, a very...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779185
  • 9781236779182