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The Isthmus of Panama.
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The Isthmus of Panama.

The Isthmus of Panama is the narrow strip of land that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, linking North and South America. It was formed some 3 million years ago during the Pliocene epoch. It lies in the nation of Panama, and is cut by the Panama Canal. Like many isthmuses, it is a location of great strategic value . map of Panama, converted directly from CIA World Factbook GIF File links The following pages link to this file: Geography of Panama Panama City Hay-Herran Treaty Talk:Panama Torrijos-Carter Treaties Categories: CIA World Factbook images | U.S. history images ... map of Panama, converted directly from CIA World Factbook GIF File links The following pages link to this file: Geography of Panama Panama City Hay-Herran Treaty Talk:Panama Torrijos-Carter Treaties Categories: CIA World Factbook images | U.S. history images ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea is a tropical body of water adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... The Pliocene epoch (formerly Pleiocene) is the period in the geologic timescale that extends from 5. ... A canal tug, making its way down to the Caribbean end of the canal, waits to be joined by a ship in the uppermost chamber of the Gatun Locks. ... The Isthmus of Panama connects North and South America. ...


Geology

The formation of the Isthmus of Panama during the Pliocene Epoch (5-1.8 million years ago) resulted in a change in ocean circulation patterns leading to what is now known as the Gulf Stream. The Pliocene epoch (formerly Pleiocene) is the period in the geologic timescale that extends from 5. ... For the album by Ocean Colour Scene, see North Atlantic Drift (album) The Gulf Stream is orange and yellow in this representation of water temperatures of the Atlantic. ...


Evidence also suggests that the creation of this land mass and the subsequent, warm wet weather over northern Europe resulted in the formation of an Arctic ice cap and contributed to the Ice age during the following Pleistocene Epoch. Variations in CO2, temperature and dust from the Vostok ice core over the last 400 000 years For the animated movie, see Ice Age (movie). ... The Pleistocene Epoch is part of the geologic timescale. ...


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MSN Encarta - Panama (1477 words)
Panama is crossed by mountain ranges, covered with large areas of rain forest, and bounded by two long coastlines studded with islands and bays.
Panama City, the capital and largest city, is on the Pacific coast in this central zone.
West of Panama’s central zone is the Interior, including the province of Coclé, with its capital at Penomoné, and the province of Veraguas, centered on its capital of Santiago.
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