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Afsluitdijk, Den Oever

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The Afsluitdijk is a major causeway in the Netherlands, constructed between 1927 and 1932 and running from Den Oever on Wieringen in North Holland province, to the village of Zurich in Friesland province, over a length of 32km and a width of 90m, at an initial height of 7.25m above sea level.It is a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee Works, damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea, and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer. The Afsluitdijk was the initial demonstration site for a 130km/h speed limit in the Netherlands.HistoryPrevious experiences had demonstrated that boulder clay, rather than just sand or clay, was the best primary material for a structure like the Afsluitdijk, with the added benefit that till was in plentiful supply in the area; it could be retrieved in large quantities by simply dredging it from the bottom of the Zuiderzee. Work started at four points: on both sides of the mainland and on two specially made construction-islands (Kornwerderzand and Breezanddijk) along the line of the future dike. To visit Afsluitdijk on your holiday in Den Oever, and find out what else Den Oever has to offer, use our Den Oever.
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  • The Dutch are world renowned experts on water management and land reclaimation and the Afsluitdijk is yet another remarkable feat of engineering. At more than 20 miles long, it not only works as a... 
    The Dutch are world renowned experts on water management and land reclaimation and the Afsluitdijk is yet another remarkable feat of engineering. At more than 20 miles long, it not only works as a...  more »
  • Amazing view of the North Sea! Really glad I have seen it. I hope life will bring me here few times more to enjoy this stunning work. 
    Amazing view of the North Sea! Really glad I have seen it. I hope life will bring me here few times more to enjoy this stunning work.  more »

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