The Delta Projects

On Sunday the 29th of December, Femke and I drove out to the Delta Projects. This ended up being our last outing for the year of 2008.

Thanks to the GPS, it was able to tell us how to get there.  But we first had to scrap all the ice off our car! This was a sign that it was going to be very cold that day!

Iced car

The Delta Projects consists of these massive dikes build at various river junctions to hold out the north sea to stop the land from being flooded. The most interesting sections are the coastal walls which can control the water coming in via these massive doors. These walls stretch out for kilometres and it took decades to complete. Overall this was one of the most impressive engineering feats I have seen.

There is a Delta Park which houses a museum containing info about all this stuff. Since I can’t show you that in detail, you can visit the Wikipedia link here to find out additional info about the Delta Project. The Delta Park is where we spent most of the day.

A view of the dike wall Do we look cold?

Its an interesting place, as you can see the massive dockyards where they built all the pillars of the wall. The also have sections for marine animals including 4 live seals and some massive aquariums. The park itself is more a summer attractive as you can go swimming there and there are a lot of outdoor areas.

Seals waiting for food The main building at the Delta Park

The park itself An Octopus in the aquarium

One of the museum sections Seals put on a show for food

Unfortunately when we were there, the temperature was –4 and with the wind chill factor (it was blowing a gale) it dropped it down to –9. We both ended up wrapping ourselves with everything we had as there were big sections of the park that were outdoors which meant we were totally exposed to the winds from the North Sea!

At the north end of the Park you can walk out and into one of the Pillars of the massive dike. Here you can stand see the water being let through the wall.

A part of the massive wall. Right inside

It’s impressive to see. Also to think that with a push of a single button the doors will come down and seal of many kilometres of coastline. They only do this when the seas are too rough. It does not happen very often. (on average about once every few years)

Seeing the North Sea rushing in A wider view

After seeing the wall, we were both suitably impressed, but after walking around the rest of the park for a while in the exposed wind and cold. We had had enough. We went back inside and watched this “3D movie” which would have been one of the worse 3D movies I have ever seen. Imagine a crappy high school 3D animation project in 1995? It was worse than that. Oh well 🙂

Yes it was very cold and windy

At the end of the day we drove home and started to gear up for New Years.