North Sea Protection Works - Modern Wonder

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Unique in the world, this vast and complex system of dams, floodgates, storm surge barriers and other engineered works literally allows the Netherlands to exist. For centuries, the people of the Netherlands have repeatedly attempted to push back the sea only to watch merciless storm surges flood their efforts, since the nation sits below sea level and its land mass is still sinking. The North Sea Protection Works is one of the seven wonders of the modern world and one of the wonders of the world.

The North Sea Protection Works consists of two monumental steps the Dutch took to win their struggle to hold back the sea. Step One a 19-mile-l ng enclosure dam built between 1927 and 1932. The immense ike, 100 yards thick at the waterline, collars the neck of the estuary once known as the Zuiderzee.

Step Two was the Delta Project to control the treacherous area where the mouths of the Meuse and Rhine Rivers break into a delta. The crowning touch was the Eastern Schelde Barrier, a two-mile barrier of tell gates slung between massive concrete piers. 

The gates fall only when storm-waters threaten. The North Sea Protection Works exemplifies humanity's ability to exist side-by-side with the forces of nature.

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