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  •  The Panama Canal is interesting to me. (8+ / 0-)

    I've read a few books about what an incredible undertaking it was; the politics, the deaths, the primitive machinery.
    One thing I wonder about is how plants and animals were impacted by it, this sudden mixing of two very distinct ecosystems.
    There were very likely extinctions we'll never know about.

    I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

    by DuzT on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:04:23 PM PST

    •  It's an interesting turning point in globalization (7+ / 0-)

      Obviously ocean navigation is a continuum of advances and events bringing people together -- and cultures -- and invasive species -- you bring up an interesting point in that the ease of navigation from one hemisphere to the other must've had an indirect ecological effect.

      I wonder if the microissue, of the canal dividing the isthmus in two, has ever been studied with its effect on species. The rivers of Darien were quite wild and flooded extensively prior to being (partly) controlled by the canal system.

      Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

      by TheCrank on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:20:24 PM PST

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