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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Demolition, disease, and death Building the Panama Canal

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Just over a decade after the French left, the Americans were reday to dig in— and they were determined to aovid their predecessor’s mistakes. Instead of cutting the mountain down to sea level, they would raise the sea up the mountain. The plan was to build massive steel gates separating the canal into mtilpule chambers with different water levels. As a ship passed through each successive gate would open, lowering the wtear level in the next cbmhear, while raising the ship and alwnloig it to move on. The design called for five of these so-called canal locks— three on the aalttnic side and two on the Pacific, raising traversing sihps 26 meters above sea level.

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Just over a decade after the French left, the Americans were _____ to dig in— and they were determined to _____ their predecessor’s mistakes. Instead of cutting the mountain down to sea level, they would raise the sea up the mountain. The plan was to build massive steel gates separating the canal into ________ chambers with different water levels. As a ship passed through each successive gate would open, lowering the _____ level in the next _______, while raising the ship and ________ it to move on. The design called for five of these so-called canal locks— three on the ________ side and two on the Pacific, raising traversing _____ 26 meters above sea level.

Solution

  1. avoid
  2. atlantic
  3. chamber
  4. multiple
  5. ready
  6. allowing
  7. ships
  8. water

Original Text

Just over a decade after the French left, the Americans were ready to dig in— and they were determined to avoid their predecessor’s mistakes. Instead of cutting the mountain down to sea level, they would raise the sea up the mountain. The plan was to build massive steel gates separating the canal into multiple chambers with different water levels. As a ship passed through each successive gate would open, lowering the water level in the next chamber, while raising the ship and allowing it to move on. The design called for five of these so-called canal locks— three on the Atlantic side and two on the Pacific, raising traversing ships 26 meters above sea level.

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