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Flying over the coast of Zeeland

Another shot taken during the aerial tour over the Western parts of The Netherlands (see also the theme Flying over Holland).
We are in the province of Zeeland and have almost reached the southernmost point of the tour and are about to turn and fly back in the direction of Rotterdam and further back to Lelystad.

In this photo the water at the left hand side of the shot is de Noordzee (North Sea), at the right hand side it's called de Oosterschelde (Eastern Scheldt). The two are divided by de Oosterscheldekering (Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier). The island in the foreground is the artificial island Neeltje Jans, the island in the background is Schouwen-Duiveland.

De Oosterscheldekering is part of the so-called Deltawerken. De Deltawerken were designed after the catastrophe of the North Sea Flood (in Dutch: de Watersnoodramp)in 1953. It has to protect a large part of the Netherlands from flooding.

De Oosterscheldekering is nine kilometers long. It's partly a closed dam, but here you can see the part that has 'doors', that were installed to protect the saltwater marine life in de Oosterschelde. Normally these doors are open. The dam was in 1986 opened by Queen Beatrix.

I hope you like this shot!

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