30 Apr '16, 2pm

The New Suez Canal

A key shipping route through Egypt recently received a major overhaul. The Suez Canal—the first artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea—initially opened in November 1869 after 10 years of construction. The “New Suez Canal” opened in 2015 after just one year of construction. Since its inception, the canal has been an economically important shortcut between Europe and Asia. The passage through Egypt meant cargo ships no longer had to sail around the southern tip of Africa. Expansion projects over the decades have helped the canal accommodate more traffic and larger ship sizes. The latest effort not only widened and deepened areas along the existing canal, it also added a 35-kilometer (22-mile) new canal that runs parallel to the old one. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images of the canal’s mid-section,...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87948&s...

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