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South America, Central America and the Caribbean: Panama

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The Republic of Panama forms an isthmus linking Central America to South America. The narrowest part of Panama is less than 60km [37mi] wide. The Panama Canal, which is 81.6km [50.7mi] long and cuts straight across the isthmus, has made the country a major transport centre. Most Panamanians live within 20km [12mi] of it. Much of the land between the Pacific and Caribbean coastal plains is mountainous, rising to 3,475m [11,400ft] at the volcano Barú.

Panama Canal Library Guide

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal

A plan to unlock prosperity (the Economist, 2009)

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