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Miraflores Locks. The lock gates at Miraflores are the tallest of the three Panama Canal locks, which is due to the extreme tidal variation that takes place in the Pacific Ocean; the tidal variation on the Atlantic coast is by far less. Miraflores Locks are slightly over one mile long, from beginning to end. From the minute the vessels enters the locks, it takes approximately 10 minutes for the process to be completed. It is important to note that the water enters and leaving the locks by means of gravity only, as there are no pumps.

Wikipedia:
Miraflores is the name of one of the three locks that form part of the Panama Canal and the name of the small lake that separates these locks from the Pedro Miguel locks upstream. In the Miraflores locks, vessels are lifted (or lowered) in three stages totalling 8 m, allowing them to transit to or from the Pacific Ocean port of Balboa (near Panama City). Ships cross below the Puente de las Américas (Bridge of the Americas) which connects North and South America.

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  • Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5110 W: 56 N: 10488] (43797)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-01-14
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Camera: Canon 40D
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-03-01 0:10
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