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Why does the Panama Canal have locks?

The Panama Canal locks are a series of water “steps” which lift ships 85 feet above sea level, and then lower them back down to the ocean at the other end of the canal. The Panama Canal is a kind of water “stairway” that crosses the isthmus of Panama and connects the Atlantic and Pacific …

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What is the biggest desert?

The Sahara desert of North Africa is the Largest desert in the world.  It is nearly as big as the whole united states. Almost as large as the whole United States, the Sahara stretches across the northern part of Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The Sahara desert is a vast, sunbaked …

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How did the Canary Islands get their name?

The word canary comes from the Latin word “canis,” meaning “dog.”  Early explorers named the island for the many wild dogs they found there. The Canary Island is a group of rugged, mountainous islands that lie in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. You might think that the islands got their name because …

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What is the rock of gibraltar?

The rock of Gibraltar is a big “rock” fortress that guards the gateway to the Mediterranean. The Rock of Gibraltar is a high, rocky point of land on the southern coast of Spain. “The Rock,” as it is commonly called, is only about 8 miles long and less than a mile wide.  It guards the …

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