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Nederland - Petten, Zand tegen Zee

Nederland - Petten, Zand tegen Zee
About 15.000 years ago the Netherlands and the UK were connected by a land mass. The arctic ice stretched out into Germany and Scotland. When temperatures started to rise, the ice receded and the meltwater caused the rise of the sea levels. The residents of the low-lying regions started to move to higher locations. About 1.000 years ago people started to build dikes to protect their land against the sea. Nowadays nearly half of the Netherlands lies below sea level and is protected by 14.000 kilometers of dikes.

One of the most impressive dikes in the Netherlands is the Hondsbossche en Pettemer Zeewering. The name of this sea wall appears in records for the first time around 1350. The first dike was made entirely of sand. In 1873 the Hondsbossche en Pettemer Zeewering became the dike as it stands today with heavy basalt blocks on the sea-facing side.

On 1 February 1953 the Netherlands was hit by a devastating flooding. Large parts of the western provinces of the country were flooded and more than 1.800 people drowned during these floods. The Dutch government decided the so called ‘Deltaplan’, to create coastal reinforcements. Due to this plan the Hondsbossche en Pettemer Zeewering was raised till a height of 11,5 meters above NAP (Amsterdam Ordnance Datum).

The climate is changing and sea levels are still rising. That means that several weak spots in the Dutch coastline had/have to be reinforced again. Hondsbossche en Pettemer Zeewering was one of these weak links. The authorities decided to use a new method for the reinforcement: Zand tegen Zee (Sand versus Sea). The dike itself was not raised, but instead March 2014 started the project to create a beach and dune area in front of the dike, stretching over eight kilometers between Petten and Camperduin and 250 meters wide. Approximately 35 million cubic meters of sand was used for this new piece of land of about 400 soccer fields.

This approach resulted in a new recreation area with a new beach, cycling and walking paths, but also a new area for birds with a dune lake (PiP 3). The main picture and PiP 2 were taken from a newly created panorama dune (PiP 1) with a height of 26 meters near Petten.

Uwe Bollenbach, Thémis, Au Cœur..., Tanja - Loughcrew and 80 other people have particularly liked this photo


93 comments - The latest ones
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Thank you for the spirit of HFF and for that interesting, very, note concerning the geology of 15000 years ago. Want to say that that I remember 1953 and my father at home speaking of your unfortunate and deadly floods, I was 12 years old and for the first time knew of your country being lower than sea level which impressed me most for I was born 80 meters from the sea......
2 years ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A panoramic fence view, thank you for the information, I hope you have a HFF and a nice weekend Jaap
2 years ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
HFF Jaap
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
So beautiful and such a special landscape Jaap!
HFF and good weekend.
2 years ago.
 Jean
Jean
What an amazing work of protection. Thank you for the information.
2 years ago.
 Guy Bacca (guybac)
Guy Bacca (guybac) club
Un bel exemple du génie humain pour dompter et aménager un environnement peu favorable...
Bonne fin de semaine, Jaap
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
HFF, Jaap ! Ein schönes Wochenende wünsch ich dir !
2 years ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club
...HFF...
2 years ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
un panorama imposant
2 years ago.
 Angelofruhr
Angelofruhr club
HFF and nice weekend ahead, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
Nice place ! Very interesting comment ! HFF Jaap
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
impressive wide view ! HFF !
2 years ago.
 Tractacus
Tractacus club
Impressive piece of engineering. HFF!
2 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
Een hoop oude maar ook veel nieuwe informatie, een mooi open landschap, HFF Jaap
2 years ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Wow, fantastic view - nice place for the holidays. HFF, have a fine weekend, Jaap !
2 years ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
HFF Jaap....and such an interesting background and history of this area!
Have a top weekend....
2 years ago.
 Kenny
Kenny
Excellent Photos and superb narrative Jaap HFF
2 years ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
super!
HFF

happy weekend:)
2 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
HFF Jaap, Have a nice weekend.
2 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Wonderful photos and information, Jaap.
2 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Thanks for the visits.
2 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Have a great day.
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A fascinating set of images Jaap. The view over the fence in the main image is quite lovely.

As always a really interesting narrative...............it's obvious that some innovative work is being done to cope with the inevitable results of climate change..........and it seems to be working!

HFF to you. I hope you have a great weekend.
2 years ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Impressive landscape engineering Jaap. Love the perspective and framing in PIP3.
2 years ago.
 micritter
micritter club
Excellent images and a wonderful, very interesting and informative history from 15000 years ago to the present. HFF!
2 years ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Great series Jaap, wonderful view and perspective in the main image.

HFF and a great weekend
2 years ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta
HFF and a very nice weekend for you !!!
2 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Excellent images and a fascinating narrative Jaap
HFF and a great weekend
2 years ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Fascinating background information and fine images, Jaap. HFF and have a great weekend.
2 years ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
HFF, Jaap. Schöner Schuß und ausführliche Erklaärung!
Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende.
2 years ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall
Excellent wideshot Jaap -HFF!
2 years ago.
 Paulo Moreira
Paulo Moreira club
HFF Jaap
2 years ago.
 Michael Ashwood
Michael Ashwood club
Wonderful POV, photos and information, Jaap
2 years ago.
 Hansruedi Voegele
Hansruedi Voegele club
Wunder schöne Aufnahmen !
2 years ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
HFF, Jaap! Thank you for the informations! The view over the fence looks great. The PiPs are beautiful too. Especially I like the third PiP with its look-through: The blue water channel leads into the blue sky.
2 years ago.
 Pat29
Pat29
Excellent capture &Info Jaap .
Have a wonderful weekend
2 years ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
Nice one Jaap ~ Hanwe & HFF
2 years ago.
 FarbFormFreude
FarbFormFreude club
brave People, HFF!
2 years ago.
 Reyk
Reyk club
Eine tolle Aussicht
2 years ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
Great picture, beautiful PİPs and wonderful informations!
Thank you for this beautiful sharing!
HFF and have a very nice weekend, Jaap!.
Füsun
2 years ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
HFF :-)
2 years ago.
 Ruebenkraut
Ruebenkraut club
Thanks for all the info. HFF to you, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Holger Hagen
Holger Hagen club
HFF Jaap, Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende.
2 years ago.
 cammino
cammino club
Beautiful fence scene. HFF, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 TOZ
TOZ club
Nice view from this fence Jaap love to be thare.
HFF have a great weekend.
TOZ.
2 years ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Beau regard!!
2 years ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
WOW WOW!! This is so interesting to me, something I knew nothing about. I am fascinated by all of the dikes and protection from flooding. It is impressive there aren't more problems to be honest.

Great pictures that are so tempting...how nice it would be to go for a bike ride or hike here.

You are our ipernity travel guide! :)
2 years ago.
 Hélène Lombard
Hélène Lombard club
Superbe panorama ! ce paysage est unique.
2 years ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
Very interesting, your explanation. I did not know that the Netherlands and the UK were once connected! If it would be so today, no need for the Channel tunnel ;-) HFF Jaap.
2 years ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Jaap

I really like this scene, and great information too.

In England we all learn the story of the little Dutch boy who put his fingers in the dyke.....!

Best Wishes, HFF, and a good weekend
Peter
2 years ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
HFF ! Belle perspective en profondeur.
2 years ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Ein schöner weiter Blick! HFF Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Berny
Berny club
HFF and a great weekend, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbes photos et notes. Nicole. HFF.
2 years ago.
 Luz •.¸¸ ㋡
Luz •.¸¸ ㋡ club
Adoro as praias fora da estação. E a balaustrada fantás ticq!
2 years ago.
 Champland
Champland club
Very interesting
2 years ago.
 Guido Werner
Guido Werner club
Thanks for the interesting photos and information.

I have been in Petten two times and will probably be there again this summer. At the moment I have only one public photo of Petten on ipernity taken in 2015 (www.ipernity.com/doc/guidowerner/45673032). But I have quite a lot of photos made last year that I still need to process. Hopefully I will have the time soon to care about them.
2 years ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
nicely done and PIP, HFF Jaap
2 years ago.
 Dinesh
Dinesh club
Beautiful image and HFF

I remembered the story of Hans Brinker which we were told in Elementary school, either in Social studies, or may be English as second language. Hope the story of Hans Brinker is relevant here.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Fantastic privileged viewpoint! HFF and a great weekend, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Sarah P.
Sarah P. club
Interesting story. It seems that we will have to learn much from the Netherlands as sea levels rise around the globe ....
2 years ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
An impressive series of photos and interesting narrative, Jaap!
Thanks for sharing.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
2 years ago.
 Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel club
très intéressante documentation et photo;merci;Bon WE
2 years ago.
 GrahamH
GrahamH club
Could this be a secret plot to eventually stretch the Netherlands across to the UK?
2 years ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Formidable information sur ces protection des Pays Bas ! C'est incroyable ce que nos ancêtres ont abattus comme travail à la seule force de leurs mains dans un seul bût de survie ! Un grand merci de nous le montrer par ces superbes photos ! Je vous souhaite un bon week-end Jaap !
2 years ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Beautiful pictures !
Have a nice weekend
2 years ago.
 Marja Savonije
Marja Savonije club
Heel mooi en een geweldige uitleg.
2 years ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
intéressant et belles prises !*******************
bon week-end Jaap !
2 years ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Heel mooie compositie Jaap.
Prettig weekend.
2 years ago.
 •●•Line,
•●•Line,
Splendide prise de vue!
2 years ago.
 J.Garcia
J.Garcia club
Great photos !!
The text is splendid
Thank you very much, Jaap

Have a nice weekend!
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
*•.¸♡ Love it, well done ♡¸.•*
2 years ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Thanks, Jaap, for the visit.
2 years ago.
 Eve
Eve
Commentaire intéressant, une belle vue ***
2 years ago.
 Lucette
Lucette
Merci pour les commentaires Jaap
ce fut un travail arasant et c'était nécessaire pour le bien être des habitants et leur sécurité !
2 years ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
Da hast du auch einen schönen Ausblick, Jaap!
Schönes Restwochenende noch!
2 years ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Documentations et cliché intéressants ! bonne soirée Jaap !
2 years ago.
 HappySnapper
HappySnapper club
Good information Jaap and two very good vanishing points to the photograph.
2 years ago.
 Nathalie D
Nathalie D club
Bon week end Jaap ! ******
2 years ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
A lovely series of images and excellent notes Jaap. HFF and have a good weekend
2 years ago.
 Rupert Hedgehog
Rupert Hedgehog
Jaap, thank you for elucidation and illustration -
I really enjoy the read and the excellent photograph!
2 years ago.
 Valfal
Valfal club
Very interesting history on the dikes; belated HFF, Jaap!
2 years ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
A very belated HFF Jap.
2 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
knap werk hebben ze daar gemaakt he, ik heb het hele gebeuren op de foto gezet, elke week even kijken naar de voortgang. We gaan er nu ook graag even uitwaaien en een terrasje pakken.
mooie serie
2 years ago.
 cammino
cammino club
Beautiful view!
2 years ago.
 Leo W
Leo W club
sehenswert
2 years ago.
 Esther
Esther club
What an interesting history.
2 years ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
First detailed report I read on this subject, Jaap.
Yes, global warming and rising water levels raise concerns about other needs. These dikes seem low and yet a monstrous volume of sand is required (as for concrete in building construction, it must be bought from deprived areas...?).
Interesting in both sight and reading.
2 years ago.
 Schussentäler
Schussentäler club
ein herrlicher Strand
2 years ago.
 Chris10
Chris10 club
De hele klim naar boven gemaakt Jaap? Prachtig overzicht zo...
Ben je ook nog naar het Palendorp geweest? Als je heeeeel goed kijkt, zie je het in jouw foto middenboven aan het eind op het strand liggen. Ook een fantastische pl,ek om te bekijken.

Groet, Christien.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen club
has replied to Chris10 club
De klim viel wel mee hoor en de beloning was een groots uitzicht.
Dat palendorp gemist, als alles goed gaat kom ik volgend jaar weer in de buurt en zet ik het op de 'lijst'.
2 years ago.
Chris10 club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Een aarader is dan om met zonsondergang te gaan, dan heb je twee in één. Ik had pasgeleden jammer genoeg een grijze dag met regen! Uitwijk naar een andere dag hadden we helaas niet meer.... Maar dat houd ik dan in gedachte voor een andere keer.
2 years ago.
 Uwe Bollenbach
Uwe Bollenbach club
wir waren mit unseren Kindern öfter in den Niederlanden zum Strandurlaub. Da gibt es wirklich schöne Strände. Wir haben das immer sehr genossen
2 years ago.

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