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Dykes can be permanent earthworks or emergency constructions (often of sandbags) built hastily in a flood emergency. Also dykes were built to reclaim land from the sea. For instance, the Zuiderzeeworks (North Sea Reclamation Works) in the Netherlands are an immense series of dykes built primarily to shorten the coast line and make it safer. This dyke system goes further to the east and north via nearly the whole German coast up to Esbjerg in Denmark. The estuaries of the flatland rivers Rhine, Elbe, Ems, Weser and Eider are also protected from Storm tides by dykes, which can be more than 9 m high.
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