D is for…

My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch!

D is for Dijken.

The Windmills and the Dikes help keep the water from covering the land.
The Windmills and the Dikes help keep the water from covering the land.

Dijken in Dutch means Dikes: The system of water control in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is a very unique country because a lot of it should be under water. The country’s capitol, Amsterdam, is about 3 feet under sea level.

In order to keep the land dry, the Dutch use dikes to keep the water out. A dike is a wall built of sand, clay, rocks, and covered in grass. The dike keeps the water out and the land dry.

The dike is strong, but it can’t keep the land dry by itself, it needs windmills and canals to help. Canals are like rivers that run through the country and cities. The canals were built to give the water a place to go so it didn’t cover the land.

The windmills in the country are used to push the extra water away from the land. Underneath the windmill there is a big wheel that brings the water in and pushes it back to the sea. This keeps the land dry.

While the dikes work very well right now, the Dutch know that the sea is very strong and they have to keep working to keep the land dry. The Dutch work every day to find better and newer ways to make the water control stronger and safer.


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