Upgraded Suez Canal seen from space - Tucson News Now

Upgraded Suez Canal seen from space

Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite

Nearly 150 years after it first opened the Suez Canal got a major upgrade. The original canal, which opened in 1869, was improved in 2015, plus engineers added a new canal parallel to it. With the two canals, ships can now move north and south in different canals without having to wait for another to clear the shipping lane. The change cut hours off wait times for ships traveling through the canal. 

NASA snapped images of the canal from space. The below left image from 2014 shows the single canal crossing Egypt. The image on the right shows the  improvements, including the second canal, and was taken in April 2016.  

A detail of the 2016 image (below) shows the ships moving through both canals. 

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