From Space, a Vivid Glimpse Into Panama Canal’s Role and Challenges

Earth From Space Panama Canal

This Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite image has vividly captured ships transiting the 80 km-long Panama Canal, a significant engineering achievement connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The satellite’s radar instruments offer an uninterrupted view of the Earth’s surface, which showcases the marine traffic of the canal and the activity in Lake Gatun. Credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020-22), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

The Panama Canal, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite, showcases its maritime significance. However, severe drought conditions in Panama threaten its operations, leading to a reduction in daily ship traffic, with wider economic implications.

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