Photo of the Week
August 31, 1998

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Gatun Dam is nearly a half a mile wide at the base sloping to a width of 100 feet at the crest which is 105 feet above sea level.  The two wings of the dam and the spillway have an aggregate length of about 1 1/2 miles. This is a full spill with all gates open.  I have been there when they did this and the water was going over the bridge by the Tarpon Club just at the end of the apron.  The white m shape are large round floating buoys being sucked towards the dam's 14 gates.  What an incredible force and is something that everyone should see at least once.

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