Lock activation- Panama Canal- MG_5841

The gates separating the chambers in each flight of locks must hold back a considerable weight of water, and must be both reliable and strong enough to withstand accidents, as the failure of a gate could unleash a catastrophic flood of water downstream.

These gates are of enormous size, ranging from 47 to 82 ft high, depending on position, and are 7 ft thick.

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Opening of the gates in this picture holding the flow of water.

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