Gatun Dam - Gatun Lake, Panama
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 09° 15.759 W 079° 55.792
17P E 617543 N 1024066
Quick Description: This dam was constructed on the Charges River between 1907 and 1913 in order to create Lake Gatun which is an essential part of the Panama Canal.
Location: Panama
Date Posted: 8/12/2014 2:24:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMM8XH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 1

Long Description:
The dam was 2,100 feet thick at the base, 7,500 feet long along the top, almost 400 feet thick at the water level, and almost 100 feet thick at the top, which is 30 feet above the normal lake level which is 85 feet above sea level.
At the time of completion, the dam was the largest earth dam in the world, and Lake Gatun was the largest artificial lake in the world.

A 738 foot-long semi-circular concrete spillway and hydro electric generating station are in the center of the earthen dam.

Note: Coordinates were taken from Google Maps; photos were taken from cruise ship on Gatun Lake about 600 meters away.
Waterway where the dam is located: Charges River

Main use of the Water Dam: Improve Navigation

Material used in the structure: embankment

Height of Dam: 105

Date built: 1/1/1913

Fishing Allowed: yes

Motor Sports Allowed: yes

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