Gatun Lake


Gatun Lake
an artificial lake in the Canal Zone, forming part of the Panama Canal: created by the Gatun dam. 164 sq. mi. (425 sq. km). See map under Panama Canal.

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Spanish Lago Gatún

Lake, Panama.

Constituting part of the Panama Canal system, its area is 166 sq mi (430 sq km). It was formed by damming the Chagres River in 1912. Its dam and spillway serve to hold sufficient water in the Gaillard Cut for ships' passage and for use in the canal's locks during dry spells. Guacha Island, a wildlife sanctuary, lies in the centre of the lake.

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Spanish  Lago Gatún,  

      long artificial lake in Panama, constituting part of the Panama Canal system; its area is 166 square miles (430 square km). It was formed by damming the Chagres River and its smaller affluents at Gatun at the north end of the lake. Its dam (completed 1912) and spillway, a key structure of the Panama Canal, operate at a range of 5 feet (1.5 m) between water levels of 87 and 82 feet (26.5 and 25 m) above sea level. The lake's main function is to hold sufficient water in the Gaillard Cut to the south, a gorge blasted through the Cordillera, for canal passage and for use in the canal's locks during dry spells. In the centre of the lake is Guacha Island, a wildlife sanctuary.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Gatun Lake — geographical name lake central Panama formed by the Gatun Dam in the Chagres; formerly in Canal Zone …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Gatún Lake — /gaˌtun ˈleɪk/ (say gah.toohn layk) noun an artificial lake in the Canal Zone, part of the Panama Canal, created by Gatún Dam. 425 km2 …   Australian English dictionary

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