Mesopotamia & the Panama Canal

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Global Hilda Betts Period:3 April 21, 2014 Mesopotamia & The Panama Canal Throughout history, the usage and control of waterways such as rivers, canals, straits and seas have had economic and political effects on many societies. Many waterways had different economic and political effects on many societies in Asia’s River System. Mesopotamia site was one of the world's first civilizations, 30 dams along the rivers provide fresh water and hydroelectric power. Their river flows through Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. Mekong provides irrigation for crops, dry seasons causes lower water level. Their flood waters enrich soil deposits on banks and forms borders between Laos and Thailand. The waterways may seem normal, but it have many problems since the tension increased between countries. The interplay of water resources issues and politics, has raised between countries that share drainage basins. For example Sudan’s plans to expand its irrigation networks along the upper Nile and Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Dam project are both causes of concern. Tigris and Euphrates (Mesopotamia) rivers has raised issues with Iraq and Syria, who argue that capturing “their” water might be considered a challenging political act. The Panama Canal, with it’s unique location at the narrowest point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans has had a far reaching effect on world economic and commercial developments throughout most of his 20th century. By providing a short, relatively inexpensive passage way between those two great bodies of water, the Canal has influenced world trade patterns, spurred growth in developed countries and has been a primary force for economic expansion in many remote areas of the world. Throughout history, waterways goes through many economic and political effects on the society, but eventually they made the waterways work, enable to continue
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