How did they construct the Suez Canal?
The Ever Given container ship has now been "partially re-floated"
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The Suez Canal is an artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. At 193 km (120 miles) in length, the canal provides a crucial and more direct maritime route between the North Atlantic and northern Indian oceans, and is one of the most heavily used shipping lanes in the world.
But recently it's become one of the world's most backed-up shipping lanes, as a giant container ship called the Ever Given ran aground sideways after being hit by strong winds on March 23. The 400 m-long (1,312 ft) vessel, weighing 200,000 tonnes, was on its way to the Netherlands from China, and was passing northwards through the canal on its way to the Mediterranean, the BBC reports. The huge ship blocked the path of other vessels, trapping them in both directions. Now after six days of blocking the Suez Canal, the Ever Given has been shifted and "partially re-floated."
The canal itself took 10 years to build, and was opened way back in 1869. But how was such an ambitious and complicated civil engineering project accomplished? Click through this gallery and find out how they built the Suez Canal in the first place.
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