Friday, August 04, 2006


On the way, we passed through Flevoland, the twelfth and youngest province of the Netherlands. A hundred years ago, this vasat stretch of land did not exist. It was not until the completion of the Afsluitdijk in 1932 that the waters in this artificial sea (Ijsselmeer) became stable enough for it to be drained and for land to be created.

The Noordoostpolder (Emmeloord, on top, connected to the mainland) is an extension from existing land, while the Flevopolder (big island, where Lelystad is located) is the biggest artificial island in the world. The entire province is around 5m below sea level.

Crossing over from mainland Netherlands to Flevoland. Typical of the Flevoland landscape are countless wind-powered turbines.

Flat land, as usual

Turbines along the western coast of Flevoland, situated on dikes which act as a barrier against the sea. Posted by Picasa

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