Struggles to Make the Panama Canal Viable, 1914-39
The Panama Canal opened just as the First World War erupted in August 1914. The newly completed canal was underutilized and plagued with closures by massive landslides throughout its first quarter century of operation. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson empowered the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a scientific study of the landslides and report on how they might be mitigated. During the interwar years the canal became a naval bastion almost without peer in the western world, but plans for capital ships began exceeding the width of the canal's locks by the late 1930s.
J. D. Rogers, "Struggles to Make the Panama Canal Viable, 1914-39," Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Crossing Boundaries (20124, Albuquerque, NM), pp. 1049-1057, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), May 2012.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784412312.107
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Crossing Boundaries (2012: May 20-24, Albuquerque, NM)
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
First Quarter; First World War; National Academy Of Science; Panama Canal; Scientific Studies; Hydraulic Structures; Landslides; Military Operations; Water Resources
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