Like Netherlands why no other country tried claiming land from the sea.

Nov 2018
376
Denmark
Should this thread not be moved to General history or European history?

There is not much Speculative history about them.

One can literally trample on the dikes almost all the way from Holland to Denmark.
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,841
T'Republic of Yorkshire
Moevd to General History.

All over Europe, there are little boys putting their fingers in dykes.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Runa
Mar 2018
973
UK
I think I might start keeping a tally of threads of the type "why X?" where the OP has made no effort to find out whether "X" is true in the first place.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Futurist

Edratman

Forum Staff
Feb 2009
6,784
Eastern PA
Huge swathes of land, all across the globe, are drained swamps/marsh. Virtually all of Florida below the panhandle is reclaimed swamp/marsh land.
 

Frank81

Ad Honorem
Feb 2010
5,180
Canary Islands-Spain
Coastal Belgium has been also dried in the Dutch way



The fundamental question remains, though

In my opinion, it is a combination of technology, wish (or necessity) and geography. In the case of Europe, no other country like the Netherlands has so much land at so low level
 

pikeshot1600

Ad Honoris
Jul 2009
10,091
Huge swathes of land, all across the globe, are drained swamps/marsh. Virtually all of Florida below the panhandle is reclaimed swamp/marsh land.
You are an engineer. With rising sea levels expected, what is the expectation for Florida? I don't see a dike wall from Cape Canaveral to Miami as feasible. Not on the Gulf side either.

If sea levels rise as dramatically as some geo-scientists anticipate, technology may have a lot of catching up to do.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
23,547
SoCal

Edratman

Forum Staff
Feb 2009
6,784
Eastern PA
You are an engineer. With rising sea levels expected, what is the expectation for Florida? I don't see a dike wall from Cape Canaveral to Miami as feasible. Not on the Gulf side either.

If sea levels rise as dramatically as some geo-scientists anticipate, technology may have a lot of catching up to do.
The average height above sea level for Florida is 6 ft, which means that a huge potion of the state is lower than that. Add in the fact that Florida has 1300 miles of coastline, that would require a huge dike. Of course, you cannot only look at Florida as the problem.. Every coastal state has enormous stretches of land that are only a few feet above sea level, so dikes along the entire length of both coasts is an unimaginable feat.

The bright side is that no matter where you live in Florida, in a few years you will be able to say that you have "Ocean View".
 
  • Like
Reactions: Futurist

M.S. Islam

Ad Honorem
Jul 2012
3,333
Dhaka
Bangladesh has reclaimed over 1000 sq. kilometers of land from sea, over a period of 40 years.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: Futurist