This year, it is 75 years since our country eliminated a whopping 250 kilometers (155 miles) of coastline by closing a 32 kilometer dam called the “Afsluitdijk” (fancy name, “closing dike”). After closing the inner-sea, it quickly lost it’s salt and later on, about half of it’s size was regained as land by pumping out the water. This website, although in Dutch, provides some film and photographic documents from that age, which I would like to share with you, partly because of the Katrina disaster.

Actually, like New Orleans, if we’d stop the pumps, about half our country would quickly be sea again. Post a comment if you want me to blog about other big water projects here.

Afsluitdijk