Dutch polar landscapes created by thaw

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After ten days of bitter cold and a lot of skating fun, a thaw has set in at last in the Netherlands. But this doesn’t mean an end to all winter fun. In the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer the wind had caused the melting ice to drift and pile up, resulting in beautiful polar landscapes.

Drifting ice might look pretty spectacular, but it can cause damage to the dykes and embankments. It's also a nuisance for shipping traffic.