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Nicaraguan Canal project will create a floating sub-continent


New landmass – Nicaricama – will be able to travel the world

In the news a few days ago was an item about China wanting to invest $40 Billion to create a canal through Nicaragua in Central America. As an isthmus – it is a little know fact that the country’s coat of arms has the words Merry Isthmus on it – Nicaragua offers an appropriate setting for a canal. TIME reported that on Thursday afternoon, the “Nicaraguan government of President Daniel Ortega muscled into law a sensational 50-year concession that grants a little-known private Chinese company the authority to “design, develop, engineer, finance, construct, possess, operate, maintain and administer” the Great Nicaragua Canal mega-project.” Sure glad he didn’t sell out the people of Nicaragua, but that’s another matter.

Unless I’m mistaken (and that’s a real possibility) by creating a new trans-continental canal in Nicaragua a portion of that country, all of Costa Rica and some of Panama will be cut loose from the mainland

I’m not a geographer, cartographer nor geopolitical expert, but it seems to me that this mega-project hasn’t been very well thought out. As the map below indicates, the proposed canal will cut through Nicaragua at some point allowing vessels to travel interoceanically between Atlantic and Pacific. The only problem I see is that a little way down the continent, southward through Costa Rica and into Panama one finds an existing canal, the Panama Canal, that already bisects the land.

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Nicaragua, known for revolutionary leaders and baseball players, could coast on over to Cuba and engage in both pastimes

Unless I’m mistaken (and that’s a real possibility) by creating a new trans-continental canal in Nicaragua a portion of that country, all of Costa Rica and some of Panama will be cut loose from the mainland. Not that this doesn’t hold great potential. The magnificent eco-tourism of Costa Rica could come to people rather than vice versa. The newly chiseled sub-continent could be propelled around the world as the image below shows. Panama could pull up beside California and sell its goods (which, by the way, does not include the Panama Hat which comes from Ecuador – go figure). Nicaragua, known for revolutionary leaders and baseball players, could coast on over to Cuba and engage in both pastimes.

… while environmentally concerned Costa Rica will stick with barge poles, thereby creating employment as well

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The possibilities are endless once the question of locomotion is answered. I’m thinking Nicaragua and Panama will use diesel and gas and whatever other means are available while environmentally concerned Costa Rica will stick with barge poles, thereby creating employment as well.

I don’t know if they’ve given this enough consideration, but I’d be pleased to discuss the matter with them as they seem to be missing some great opportunities!

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