The Zuidersee

It’s worth mentioning that Holland has reclaimed and drained a lot of land. Unlike Singapore though, the Dutch have a hinterland from which they created ‘simply’ by blocking the sea. Like the Marina barrage (which is much smaller in scale), the Aflsuitdijk runs for many kilometers and effectively created an inland lake. That is why Singapore has been learning so much from Holland. Zuidersee map

This former Zuidersee, now cut off from the North sea would no longer be a source of flood threat to the inner provinces of Holland. But there is more.

The Dutch continued to reclaim land within this boxed up inland sea/lake and created new polders in green as you can see in the map. I recall driving along the A6 highway to Lelystad for Suan’s regular outlet mall fix. It was all on the reclaimed Flevoland.

And today the former Zuidersee has been further ‘divided’ not just for transport links, but also further risk management against the water. You see from the map that “containing” the bodies of water is a strategy, which is required given that we have climate change that could raise sea levels. Can’t stick your thumb in the dyke anymore.

Are those Dutch people strategic thinkers or what?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

11 thoughts on “The Zuidersee”

          1. It’s actually quite sad that the Africans blame solely (it seems, I can be mistaken) the Afrikaaners for ‘everything’ pre-1994 (or is it before the democratic election, maybe 1991 when Mandela was released..?) I was speaking to an English guy once who told me that the English actually placed Afrikaans women and children in gas chambers (before the Nazis) to “get to” (to beat) the Afrikaans people because they are quite family-oriented and the English understood this would affect the Boers. The English ruled the country, as I understand, until they had to go back home after World War II to fix their own country and left the Boers to “rule”, which – Afrikaaners’ mistake – they had to govern with a labelled apartheid – not necessary. But it’s a complicated history, I wasn’t here and I’m not a historian, and I’m not taking sides – despite me having a Dutch surname now 🙂

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