The IJsselmeer is the Netherlands' inland sea: a vast expanse of water with many facets and a turbulent history, largely concealed by tall dykes. Until the Enclosure Dam was built, it was an open inlet of the sea, with tidal movements, salt water and fresh water, and occasional catastrophic floods. In the twentieth century the IJsselmeer was the scene of a heroic land reclamation project: the creation of the IJsselmeer polders, initially for agriculture but later also for urban development, nature development, and recreation. This book looks at the area from various angles: geomorphology, history, planning, and the economy.
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