Delta Project

I spent yesterday afternoon checking out the Delta Project in the Zeeland province of the Netherlands. A large portion Zeeland (as in “sea land”) lies below sea level and is thus susceptible to flooding. In the 1950s, a large storm flooded much of the area and killed nearly 2000 people. In response, the Dutch undertook a huge project to build new dams to protect the area. The gem of the project is a massive sea barrier that does not normally interfere with the sea (and sea life) but that can be closed in the rare case of dangerously high water.
Here’s a picture of a portion of the barrier:
Netherlands delta project