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Picture 7: Flying over Holland – The DELTAWORKS

Oosterscheldedam – Zeeland

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The Eastern Schelde

According to the original plans, the Eastern Schelde would be closed, just like the other river mouths. The water enclosed behind the dam would therefore become fresh, exactly like the water in the Haringvliet and the Lake of Veere. There was some unexpected resistance against the construction of a closed dam, because people were concerned that the unique salt water environment of the Eastern Schelde would cease to exist. Specifically, not only the environment, but also the fishing industry would suffer from a dam. In 1976, the Dutch government agreed to an alternative plan: instead of building a closed dam, an open barrier would be built, containing a number of sluices that would only be closed during heavy storms and high water levels. The unique freshwater environment and the favourable fishery conditions would be maintained. Sixty-two openings, each forty metres wide, would be installed to allow as much salt water through as possible. It was supposed to maintain the tidal movement. The Eastern Schelde storm surge barrier turned out to be one of the biggest structures of the world. The costs of an 'open dam' were considerable higher than the costs of a ordinary closed dam: 2.5 billion euros were needed to complete the barrier. On October 4th, 1986, the Dutch Queen Beatrix officially opened the Eastern Schelde storm surge barrier.


Flying over Holland

Picture 1: Flying over Schiphol
Picture 2: Flying over Amsterdam
Picture 3: Flying over het Museumplein
Picture 4: Flying over Rotterdam
Picture 5: Flying over Haarlem
Picture 6: Flying over Hoek van Holland
Picture 7: Flying over de Oosterscheldekering

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