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This photo was taken on top of the sea dike in front of the tiny village Westerhever on banks of the North Sea. The sea again and again has devasted huge regions especially in the north of Germany and the Netherlands by storm floods. In an area of 150 kilometres around North Sea, an epicontinental sea of Altantic, there live about 80 millions of people - often in urban regions - and so coast protection is very important here. Most of these regions are situated only slightly over sea level or even under it. So an only small increase of sea level is able to overflow huge areas.
In course of history storm floods here killed hundreds of thousands of people and they always again modified the coastline.

In Middle Ages people began to built ring-shaped dikes around some villages or small towns - and later on they connected these rings by long dikes. The today complete coast protection comprises several sections. Areas in front of the dike already attenuate the momentum of water before it reaches the dikes. The sea dikes on North Sea today have a height of up to 10 metres and they have a much more flat profile than in former times - and a width of up to 100 metres. In many regions there's a second dike some kilometres in the hinterland.
In order to get a dense sod the dikes often are used as sheep pastures.

In workshop you can see some houses straight behind the sea dike.

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