During his five-day State visit to Holland Dr. Adolf Sch?rf, the Austrian President, was shown,?
During his five-day State visit to Holland Dr. Adolf Sch?rf, the Austrian President, was shown, May 18, the vast Dutch land reclamation project by which the former Zuider Zee - now the Kjesel Lake - will be made to yield some 550,000 acres of soil, thus increasing the size of the century by 7%.
From aboard the Dutch royal yacht, Dr. Scharf inspected work on the South Flevoland polder, then went on to visit the latest area to be reclaimed - the East Flevoland polder. The 50-mile dyke surrounding 133,000 acres was completed in 1956. Here the Austrian President saw how the soft mud of the lake bottom can be turned into arable land by means of drainage, chemical fertilisers and scientifically planned cultivation.
Then Dr. Scharf left the yacht at Lelystad, a small settlement named after the late Dr. Lely, originator of the Zuider Zee reclamation plan. With Lelystad as the capital of the reclaimed areas, the East Flavoland polder will provide space for 2,000 farms, 5,000 homes, 30 schools, 25 churches and more than 300 miles of highways. All this on a territory which - as an be seen at the local museum - was once inhabited by mammoths.
When the whole Zuider Zee reclamation scheme is completed - two or three decades hence - the new land is expected to support more than a quarter million people.