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From: ms Rotterdam Cruise Review

Maeslant Barrier


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One of the more dramatic sights on the voyage downstream was the Maeslantkering, or Maeslant Barrier, which opened in 1997 as the latest phase of the Deltaplan, or Delta Works, flood- and water-control project.

The storm-surge barrier consists of two giant gates that can be closed across the waterway that leads to Rotterdam to prevent flooding of low-lying areas (some of which are below sea level).

Wikipedia's article has more information on the Maeslant Barrier and the Delta Works project.

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