Talk:Panama Canal

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Ben Cullen Reference Valid?[edit]

I was checking references in the "Further Reading" section (looking for some books to read about a Panama Canal cruise coming up), and I tried looking up "Cullen, Ben. (2010). The Panama Canal and Me: A Panamax Special. ISBN 978-0-8212-7754-6". There's no hits on Google, and the ISBN number is invalid. Is this a real book? Can somebody verify this, or confirm that somebody stuck in a fake reference for some reason? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.210.14.1 (talk) 22:30, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Standard measures and directions (imperial, North)[edit]

I have started this standard over the Panama Canal pages:

  • Measurements: imperial first, metric to follow. So it is 10 feet (3.0 m).
After a first full mentioning of the unit, we can abbreviate: 10 ft (3.0 m)
sigfig in {{convert}} as applicable.
These were the original units of the current canal: inches not meters.
The PCA authority published most of its reports as: "10 feet (3.0 m)" too.
In general, we at WP should be consistent, even though this choice might be arbitrary.
  • Directions: When free to choose, "North" is OK for the Atlantic port of Balbao and its bearing, as the authority uses it themselves. (Actually, the general direction in the channel to Balboa is more like NW). So is "South" for "Southeast". The authority writes: "Southbound ships" from Miraflores locks etcetera.
  • When describing a route, we do North-to-South (Atlantic to Pacific). That is also the way a western (English language) reader sees a map: North is the upside, looking top-to-bottom. -DePiep (talk) 19:55, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Considering that the Canal is not in the US, why would the USC units come first or why are they needed at all?

Why is the canal 82 km in the German Wikipedia and 77.1 in the English? It makes Wikipedia look even less credible when there is conflicting data? 68.105.199.216 (talk) 14:40, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Making Ice?[edit]

The section "U.S. Panama Canal construction, 1904–14" says, "In addition, the canal used large refrigeration systems for making ice." But it is not elaborated. Is it even true? Stephanwehner (talk) 04:07, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

I don't know, that was why I was already asking for a source. The Banner talk 05:47, 5 January 2013 (UTC)
Unsourced and not plausible wrt the construction process. Better throw it out. -DePiep (talk) 13:41, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

Culebra Cut not Gaillard Cut[edit]

This article heavily uses Gaillard Cut whereas the Culebra Cut article makes clear the name was reverted to the latter after the canal handover to Panama in 2000. – Conrad T. Pino (talk) 16:10, 26 September 2013 (UTC)

Rolling Road[edit]

Perhaps a rolling road concept with the ship supported at it's support locations,

like it would be in drydock

is preferable

NASA's Space Shuttles are moved over a large distance to the launch site

I think this is a fair comparision — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2.120.65.78 (talk) 17:43, 19 December 2013 (UTC)