Nicaragua canal construction continues

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Path of Nicaragua canal. Image by Pedro Alvarez Group

A year ago we reported the proposed construction of the Nicaragua canal. Despite environmental concerns and a call for an international study on the effects, the canal construction has been fast-tracked and construction preparations have already begun.

The canal will cut through Nicaragua joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Along the way Lake Nicaragua will be used as part of the route ships will take. Lake Nicaragua is a freshwater lake that is not only a source of water for the region, but home to many cichlid species. Aside from concerns that the canal will contaminate the water supply, the canal could introduce non-native species into the waters that can threaten the local fauna. Planned dredging of the lake to make it deeper for ships also threatens oxygen levels. For more information on the concerns associated with the Nicaragua canal, visit EurekAlert.org.

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