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Sediments by River Delta of Zeeland, Netherlands

52.0N 4.4E

November 25th, 2012 Category: Sediments

Holland – November 22nd, 2012

Sediments can be seen by the coast of the Netherlands, by Zeeland the country’s westernmost province. It consists of a number of islands and a strip bordering Belgium. Zeeland is a large river delta situated at the mouth of several major rivers. Most of the province lies below sea level and was reclaimed from the sea by inhabitants over time. What used to be a muddy landscape, flooding at high tide and reappearing at low tide, became a series of small man-made hills that stayed dry at all times. The people of the province would later connect the hills by creating dikes, which led to a chain of dry land that later grew into bigger islands and gave the province its current shape. The shape of the islands has changed over time at the hands of both man and nature.

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