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Gatun Lake

an artificial lake in the Canal Zone, forming part of the Panama Canal: created by the Gatun dam. 164 sq. mi. (425 sq. km). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The waters of Gatun Lake were rushing to regain the freedom denied them by the building of the locks.

  • By a lock system lifting vessels up to Gatun Lake (a height of 85 feet), an immense amount of excavation was saved.

  • Gates six and seven are now closed, and the water allowed to fill the third lock until we are up to the level of Gatun Lake.

    The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • We were on the level of the wide island dotted expanse of the Gatun Lake.

  • Gatun Lake was made by a great dam across the Chagres river.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • There are three pairs of these locks and they lift the vessel to Gatun Lake, which is eighty-five feet above sea level.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
  • The water fills the lock through openings in the floor, and the water itself comes from Gatun Lake.

  • The regulation of the water level in Gatun Lake is no small task, for the Chagres is one of the world's moodiest streams.

    The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin
British Dictionary definitions for Gatun Lake

Gatún Lake

/Spanish ɡaˈtun/
a lake in Panama, part of the Panama Canal: formed in 1912 on the completion of the Gatún Dam across the Chagres River. Area: 424 sq km (164 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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