Holland’s Barriers to The Sea – The Battle Against Water – Video

Editor’s Note: Guyana’s coastline is below sea level at high tide in many places. The Dutch colonized the territory for over 200 years before the British took it over and its drainage and irrigation systems were originally designed by the Dutch. This video should help Guyanese understand the issues they face with global warming floods and rising sea levels.
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The Delta Works in the Netherlands (Holland) is the largest flood protection project in the world. This project consists of a number of surge barriers, for examples:    

1- The Oosterscheldekering is the largest of the 13 ambitious Delta Works series of dams and storm surge barriers and it is the largest surge barrier in the world, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) long. The dam is based on 65 concrete pillars with 62 steel doors, each 42 metres wide. It is designed to protect the Netherlands from flooding from the North Sea.

2- The Maeslantkering is a storm barrier with two movable arms; when the arms are open the waterway remains an important shipping route however when the arms close a protective storm barrier is formed for the city of Rotterdam. Closing the arms of the barrier is a completely automated process done without human intervention.

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