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North Sea Canal Reaching Amsterdam, the Netherlands

52.3N 4.8E

June 20th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Netherlands - June 20th, 2011

The dark line stretching from the body of the water to the west to the one to the east in this APM image is the North Sea Canal (Dutch: Noordzeekanaal), a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden.

It was constructed to enable seafaring vessels to reach the port of Amsterdam, which is visible just below the center of the image as a bright green area. This man-made channel terminates at Amsterdam in the closed-off IJ Bay, which in turn connects to the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal.

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