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Time-lapse video by EarthCam celebrates opening of new Panama Canal

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Since 2011, the Panama Canal Authority has been undertaking a massive effort to expand the Panama Canal, which originally opened on Oct. 9, 1913. Project executives relied on EarthCam’s robotic time-lapse construction cameras to document each stage of the project. From March 2011 to June 2016, EarthCam’s cameras captured over a terabyte of image data for the expansion project, which were hand-edited into a cinematic time-lapse movie.

The $5.25 billion expansion will allow ships more than 2.5 times the size of the current limit to pass through the waterway. The doubling of the capacity will change the way the world’s shipping lines use their global routes and will allow for larger vessels that can carry nearly three times as many containers.

Time-Lapse Courtesy of EarthCam

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