Flevoland, the Netherlands
07 February 2020
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Dutch province of Flevoland – the newest province in the Netherlands and one of the largest land reclamation projects in the world.
With almost a third of the country lying below sea level, the Netherlands is famously known as a ‘low country,' and has a long history of land reclamation.
One reclamation project resulted in Flevoland. After a major flood it was decided to tame the Zuiderzee, a large, shallow inlet of the North Sea, to improve flood protection and also create additional land for agricultural use.
The project entailed the creation of land known as polders. The ‘Noordoostpolder,' or the Northeast polder is the focus of this image. Over the years, the region has developed to become a home to a modern and innovative agricultural industry. The province produces predominantly apples, cereals, potatoes and flowers – with each colourful patch in the image representing a different crop.
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