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Zeeland and the Schelt River, the Netherlands

April 5th, 2009 Category: Rivers

The Netherlands - March 31st, 2009

The Netherlands - March 31st, 2009

Zeeland is a province of the Netherlands located in the south-west of the country that consists of a number of islands (hence its name, meaning “sea-land”) and a strip bordering Belgium.

Its area is about 2930 km², of which almost 1140 km² is water. The province of Zeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers, including the Scheldt. Most of the province lies below sea level.

Greenish sediments can be seen discharging into the North Sea from the Schelt River. The Scheldt is 350 km long, and flows through northern France, western Belgium and the southwestern part of the Netherlands. The headwaters of the Scheldt are in Gouy, in the Aisne department of northern France.

It flows north through Cambrai and Valenciennes, and enters Belgium near Tournai. In Ghent, where it receives the Lys, its main tributary, the Scheldt turns east. Near Antwerp, the largest city on its banks, the Scheldt flows west into the Netherlands towards the North Sea.

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