Following are 10 of the world’s most important shipping canals. They range from less than 4 miles long to over 1,000, and some are now bigger tourist attractions than transport passages. However, all have played a vital role in enabling ship transport, and many still do.
This canal connects the Russian rivers of the same names. It’s an essential link between the Azov and Caspian Seas and the ocean. It was built almost entirely by forced gulag labor during the Soviet years.