Redrawing the Dutch coastline

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands this week attended a ceremony to mark the completion of the seawall of Maasvlakte Two. The project is an expansion of the Port of Rotterdam. To create Maaslvakte Two, the port had to build an 11-kilometre seawall, permanently altering the coastline of the Netherlands. As a result of the project, the Netherlands is now 4000 football fields bigger, and the coastline lies 3.5 kilometres further out at sea.

Maasvlakte Two is the latest in a series of impressive Dutch hydraulic engineering projects, such as the Afsluitdijk – which dammed off the Zuiderzee – and the Delta Works. The project was completed without affecting the existing activities in the Port of Rotterdam.