By Russell S. Harmon

This ebook examines probably the most vital and intricate of the world's tropical rainforest areas: the higher Panama Canal Watershed. The Rio Chagres is the first water resource for working the Canal, and provides potable water for municipal use and electrical energy iteration, yet technology has left this significant nationwide source principally unstudied. The textual content promotes figuring out of the actual and ecological elements of an remoted and principally pristine tropical rainforest.

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New York, NY: 237-271. Simpson, GG, 1940, Mammals and land bridges: Jour. Wash. Acad. , 30: 137-163. , New York, NY. Chapter 2 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PANAMA CANAL WATERSHED Russell S. Harmon US Army Research Office Abstract: The Panama Canal Watershed is a hydrologically complex, ecologically diverse managed natural-artificial managed water resource system composed of many subbasins, rivers, and dammed lakes extending across 2,982 km2 on both sides of the Panama Canal. The upper Río Chagres basin is the largest headwater unit in the watershed, occupying about one-third the total area but supplying almost half of the water needed for canal operation.

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