Terraforming of the Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island. The canal was dug through the Isthmus at sea level and has no locks. It is 6.4 kilometres (4 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships. Nowadays it has little economic importance and is mainly a tourist attraction.

C0A317B7-E65D-471A-A69D-922C9E895BF5.png

  • The canal was initially proposed in classical times and a failed effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction started in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893 but, due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic expected by its operators.
  • Corinth Canal - Wikipedia
I don’t know what those living in the 1st century AD thought about their construction capabilities, just like I don’t know where information like this comes from.

If we consider that Pliny the Elder died during the Pompeii event in 79 AD aka 1631 AD, things could become a bit more doable. Not by much though.
  • LOL: The emperor Nero was the first to attempt to construct the canal, personally breaking the ground with a pickaxe and removing the first basket-load of soil in 67 AD, but the project was abandoned when he died shortly afterwards.
As it stands this canal was made between 1881 and 1893.
  • Do we have any construction photographs? We do, but was the canal being built, or simply getting cleared in those photographs?
5639E5CA-1D7B-4B6F-9629-D23FE458ED2A.jpeg

D70FD7D3-EF61-4497-81CD-C6546CEC6141.jpeg

E8413B95-ABE0-42E8-B0DF-1D8D5BD9A934.jpeg


what’s this?...
8887E2A9-70D2-454C-8A56-DAA01FB4B2AA.jpeg

On the Remains of Nero’s Corinth Canal Project

After completion...

D6A3D20E-963F-479B-BC9C-68341B08257A.jpeg

KD: But the above stuff is not the reason for this article. The image below is.

corinth.jpg

While we are lead to believe that this terraforming is natural, these vertical lines separating different colors of the rock... is this really natural? Could nature work in such mysterious ways, or... could we be looking at an example of some artificial landscaping?
 

Similar articles

Top