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Nicaragua unveils major canal route

Nicaragua unveils major canal route | Geography Education |

"The Nicaraguan government and the company behind plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean have settled on a route."

Seth Dixon's insight:

A Chinese firm (HKND) is planning to construct a canal to rival Panama's.  I've been following this issue as I prepared to co-author an article  for Maps 101 with Julie Dixon and it is clearly a major environmental issue.  However, this issue is much more geographic than just the angle; China and Nicaragua are vying for greater control and access to the shipping lanes that dominate the global economy and international trade.  This shows that they are each attempting to bolster their regional and international impact compared to their rivals (the United States for China and Panama for Nicaragua).   

Tags: transportation, Nicaragua, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, March 5, 2:09 PM

This is a very ambitious project for Nicaragua.  I wonder what this will do to the economy of Panama City?  Someone will lower the fee to use their canal for the increase in traffic.  I wonder what will happen to both areas economically.  

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 5, 9:19 PM

Human activities change landforms and landscapes

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The human causes and effects of landscape degradation (ACHGK051)

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Mark Hathaway's curator insight, September 24, 6:08 AM

I am sympathetic to the view of the Nicaraguan government. A canal built in Nicaragua is an economic opportunity that this nation can simply not pass up. The major point of controversy is that the proposed canal route would run right through Lake Nicaragua. The lake is the major source of fresh water within the nation. Large oil ships would probably destroy the current pristine environment. The situation is a true moral dilemma. On one side you have the clear economic advantage of having the canal and charging large container ships tolls to pass through it.  On the other side, you have the possibility  of an  environmental disaster in Lake Nicaragua. It is an impossible choice that really only has one solution. The Government can not turn down the offer for the canal if it hopes to stay competitive with other Central American nations.

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