Humans, with their ever expanding needs, often resolve to take on Mother Nature in order to meet their own requirements. In the Netherlands, a country with almost one-fourth of its area below sea level, people have managed to reclaim large tracts of land from the sea, lakes, marshes and swamps by building an intricate system of polders and dikes.
This Landsat image from 2010 shows the intertidal Wadden Sea and two shallow, artificial lakes in the Netherlands. Visible in the image is the Afsluitdijk – a causeway that creates a division between the Wadden Sea to the north and the former Zuiderzee bay to the south. After the causeway was built, between 1927 and 1933, the Dutch were able to reclaim land from the sea – like the lighter coloured areas in the lowercentral part of the image