jueves, 19 de febrero de 2015

Netherlands and the water

Did you know that around one third of the Netherlands is under sea level? another third of the country is roughly at sea level. This is actually where the name of the country comes from.

Everywhere else in the world, windmills were historically used to grind corn. In the Netherlands they are used to transfer water, water flows everywhere.

Being under the sea level, the Dutch along their history have reclaimed big extensions of land from the sea and have created "artificial" regions called polders which are constantly being drained and kept from being flooded.
That's the reason for the saying: “God created the Dutch but the Dutch created the Netherlands”

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