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    Why is the water in the Atlantic higher than the water in the Pacific?

    I'm comparing the water level on either side of the Panama Canal.

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    Weird!  Perhaps the "sea level"  terrain on the east is higher than the west, which would account for the higher water level appearing to be on the west.  Does that make sense?  


    http://www.yourpanama.com/panama-canal.html   


    Sea level change  (per WIkipedia)


     Water cycles between ocean, atmosphere, and glaciers.


    Local mean sea level (LMSL) is defined as the height of the sea with respect to a land benchmark, averaged over a period of time (such as a month or a year) long enough that fluctuations caused by waves and tides are smoothed out. One must adjust perceived changes in LMSL to account for vertical movements of the land, which can be of the same order (mm/yr) as sea level changes. Some land movements occur because of isostatic adjustment of the mantle to the melting of ice sheets at the end of the last ice age. The weight of the ice sheet depresses the underlying land, and when the ice melts away the land slowly rebounds. Changes in ground-based ice volume also affect local and regional sea levels by the readjustment of the geoid and true polar wander. Atmospheric pressure, ocean currents and local ocean temperature changes can affect LMSL as well.
    Eustatic change (as opposed to local change) results in an alteration to the global sea levels due to changes in either the volume of water in the world oceans or net changes in the volume of the ocean basins.

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