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This photo is taken on the Afsluitdijk in the direction of Harlingen. You can see the harbor in the far end.
This photo is taken almost a year ago, a week ago we just had snow storms, a year ago it was wonderful weather, warm and sunny.

The Afsluitdijk is made for two reasons, one was that the then called Zuiderzee was in direct contact with the open sea, so closing this one will protect the safety of the hinterland against the advance of the water. The second reason was that it is now much easier to reclaim land from the Zuiderzee. The Zuiderzee is called IJsselmeer after the construction of the Closure-Dike.

1891 C. Lely draws up a plan for closure of the Zuiderzee.
June 14, 1918 The Zuiderzee Act is passed.
June 1920 First order of the Zuiderzee Works is contracted out - the damming of the Amsteldiep between North Holland and the island of Wieringen.
July 31, 1924 Amsteldiep dike (2.5 km) is completed.
January 1927 Work is begun on the closure between Den Oever and Zurich (Friesland).
1930 The Wieringermeer falls dry - the encircling dike for this first Zuiderzee polder has been laid right through open sea.
May 28, 1932 The last opening of the Closure-Dike at the Vlieter is closed.
January 23, 1933 The Closure-Dike is completed and is opened on a limited basis for toll traffic.
September 25, 1933 Official opening of the Closure-Dike. The company set up to carry out the project presents the Monument.
September 23, 1954 Queen Juliana unveils the statue of Cornelis Lely.
May 29, 1968 The last polder, Zuidelijk Flevoland, falls dry. The partial reclamation of the Zuiderzee yields 165,000 hectares of new land.
1976 The road over the Closure-Dike is made into a motorway (A7).

Date/Time: 2004:03:26
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: 9.5
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Single frame shooting
ISO: 100
Lens: 17.0 to 40.0 mm
Focal length: 17.0mm
Subject distance: 0.60 m
AF mode: One-shot AF
Image size: 3072 x 2048
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Color space: AdobeRGB
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal

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