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Land reclamation project, seen from space. Satellite image of part of the Netherlands, showing the land reclamation projects in the Ijsselmeer. The area was once a shallow inlet of the North Sea known as the Zuider Zee. Between 1927 and 1932 a dam, called the Afluitsdijk, was built across the mouth of the sea. The water on the inside of the dam became the Ijsselmeer. Large areas of land were then dammed off and drained, forming new, fertile land for agriculture. These areas are called polders. Seen here as green, the largest are the North-East polder (just below centre) and Flevoland (bottom centre). This image was gathered by a Landsat satellite in July 1985.
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