Holland's ceaseless battle against the sea is legend - and so are their victories. But,?
Holland's ceaseless battle against the sea is legend - and so are their victories. But, even after many years of dykeing, dredging and reclamation, there are still chinks in the coastal armour.
One such weakness lay in the 'pluimpot' - a dead-end estuary on the island of Tholand, in Zeeland. Every tide, one million gallons of water runs back over the 'Pluimpot's' two mile stretch-but not much longer.
The industrious Dutch are now building a dam which will close the Pluimpot gap - a dam composed of Nylon sack filled with sand.
The engineers are enthusiastic about the possibilities of Nylon as a container, for it is resistant to sea water. It's only weakness, so far, appears to be that it is affected by the sun.
Time will tell whether the new method will prove fully effective. If it does, the nylon sacks will be used extensively in Holland's future Delta-projects.