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Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper by Robert Bryce

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PANAMA

DIGGING A FASTER CHEAPER WAY TO TRAVEL

For more than five centuries, humans have been surveying the Panamanian Isthmus in the relentless pursuit of a Faster Cheaper way to travel the oceans. Long ocean voyages are expensive. Wages must be paid. Meals and freshwater must be supplied to passengers and crew every few hours. And the longer a ship stays at sea, the more likely it is to be damaged or sunk by bad weather.

The Isthmus was the logical place to launch an attempt to cut the distance from the Atlantic to the Pacific. If a canal could be completed, a ship going from New York to San Francisco could avoid going all the way around Cape ...

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