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The Netherlands, 1953-1986 (detail)
The Delta Protection Works

[a map of the South-West of Holland, showing the extent of the 1953 flooding
    and the dams and other protection measures built since]

Maps Overview - 300 AD CE - 1000 AD CE - 1650 AD CE - 1900 AD CE - at present*

Low and High Ground - 20th Century Land Reclamation* - The Delta Protection Works

* - with names spoken

A Newer Version

De Deltawerken

De Watersnoodramp (The Flood Disaster)
Stormvloedkering ("Storm-surge barrier")
Deltaplan
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To maintain a saltwater and tides environment one opening to the sea was not closed off with a permanent dam, but a $3 billion storm-surge barrier was built that can be lowered when a gale threatens. (The line of dots in the lower map.)

The real Hansje Brinker
Early in the Flood of 1953 the "Schielandse Hoge Zeedijk" (dike) at Ouderkerk aan de IJssel (see arrow in map) was about to break, threatening inundation of the heart of Holland. A skipper offered to sail his ship into the vulnerable spot and sank it there, averting a major disaster.

Rivers
Rijn
Waal
Maas
Schelde
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Cities
Rotterdam
Dordrecht
Den Briel
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Zierikzee
Middelburg
Vlissingen (Flushing)
Goes
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Terneuzen
Bergen-op-Zoom
Rosendaal
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Useful Phrases and Words for travelers and visitors
Everyday Dutch for basic reading and conversation

Map by Marco Schuffelen, after 'Kleine Geografie van Nederland,' Published by 'Het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken' (State Department), The Hague, Holland 1983

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