Trivia Question 11/17/11 – The Suez Canal

Well, last week I didn’t come up with a trivia question so you folks got a chance to rest your brains.  This week, I have a question based on something that happened This Day In History:

Suez Canal QUESTION:

On this day in history, November 17, 1869, the Suez Canal connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas opened after ten years of construction.  The Suez Canal is 120 miles long.  How many locks must ships pass through as they traverse the Suez Canal?  (Hint:  The Panama Canal is 48 miles long and has 3 locks).

ANSWER:

None.

EXPLANATION:

Remnants of ancient canals have been found connecting the Nile River with the Red Sea.  Napoleon commissioned a survey to build a canal from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea but his surveyors mistakenly determined that the Red Sea was 33 feet higher than the Mediterranean.  Because of that, it was thought to have been too expensive to build the necessary locks and the plan was dropped.

In 1846 a French engineer surveyed the route and found that there was no significant difference in the height of the seas.  In fact, the Red Sea is only about four feet higher than the eastern Mediterranean.  That difference is essentially nothing when tides and currents are taken into consideration.

So… due to there being no height difference between the seas it connects and the essentially flat desert land it flows through, there are no locks on the Suez Canal.

NET CHECK IN’s:

A total of 31 stations checked in to the net tonight and 11 of those knew that there are no locks on on Suez Canal.  I guess I couldn’t fool youse guys!  Congratulations to:

  • KJ6IRF- Dennis
  • KD6JPD – Jerry
  • K6LMN – Roger
  • KG6RDA – Sidney
  • KF6ZQM – Harry
  • WA2RPY – Barry
  • AF6TT – Leon
  • AD6UP – Louie
  • WA6USL – Murray
  • KF6YBM – Henry
  • N6ZZK – Theo

Thanks to everyone for supporting the LA ERS.  No net next week – Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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