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61. Why isn’t the Netherlands underwater?
Stefan Al
<4:56>   March 2020

 

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<Key Vocabulary>
Write the meaning(s) of each word. Write an example sentence (example sentences) if you need.

(1) tidal surge

(2) state-of-the-art

(3) resounding

(4) marvel

(5) interlock

(6) lifeblood

(7) fortification

(8) bulk

(9) embody

(10) amphibious

(11) estuary

(12) multi-pronged

(13) resilient




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<Questions>

  1. In the Netherlands, how many people were killed in the titanic waves in 1953?

 

 

  1. What is the name of the storm surge barrier which consists of a pair of 240-meter steel arms?

a.  Kustlijn
b.  Maeslantkering
c.  Rotterdam       
d.  Delta

 

  1. What is the name of the interlocking system of water controls in the Netherlands?

   

 

  1. What percent of the Dutch territory is below sea level?

a.  25%
b.  35%
c.  45%
d.  55%





 

  1. After the storms of 1953, the Delta Commission was established. What was their aim?
  1.   to reduce the population in big cities
  2.  to research water management in other countries
  3.   to reduce the annual odds of flooding below 1 in 10,000 in densely populated cities
  4.   to establish an informal water board

 

  1. Why was it difficult to protect Nieuwe Waterweg from ocean storms by building dams?

 

 

 

  1. Which statement is not true about the “Room for the River” plan?
  1.   In this plan, farms and dikes were relocated away from the shore.
  2.   It allowed people to create more dense and sustainable settlements.
  3.   It decreased flood risk.
  4.   It destroyed habitats for local wildlife.

 

  1. Write “T” if the statement is true and “F” if the statement is false.
  1. Rotterdam is a city located entirely below sea level.           
  2. Older districts in the Netherlands are not protected by dikes because they are artificially elevated.          
  3. In the new cities in the Netherlands, many structures, such as parking garages and plazas, transform into water storage facilities.          




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<Answers>

  1. In the Netherlands, how many people were killed in the titanic waves in 1953?

(almost) 2,000 people

 

  1. What is the name of the storm surge barrier which consists of a pair of 240-meter steel arms?

a.  Kustlijn
b.  Maeslantkering
c.  Rotterdam       
d.  Delta

 

  1. What is the name of the interlocking system of water controls in the Netherlands?

the Delta Works

 

  1. What percent of the Dutch territory is below sea level?

a.  25%
b.  35%
c.  45%
d.  55%

 



  1. After the storms of 1953, the Delta Commission was established. What was their aim?
  1.   to reduce the population in big cities
  2.  to research water management in other countries
  3.   to reduce the annual odds of flooding below 1 in 10,000 in densely populated cities
  4.   to establish an informal water board

 

  1. Why was it difficult to protect Nieuwe Waterweg from ocean storms by building dams?

Because (local shipping industry is the lifeblood of the area, so) the passage had to be kept open in safe conditions, and barricaded during storm surges.

 

 

  1. Which statement is not true about the “Room for the River” plan?
  1.   In this plan, farms and dikes were relocated away from the shore.
  2.   It allowed people to create more dense and sustainable settlements.
  3.   It decreased flood risk.
  4.   It destroyed habitats for local wildlife.

 

  1. Write “T” if the statement is true and “F” if the statement is false.
  1. Rotterdam is a city located entirely below sea level.      T   
  2. Older districts in the Netherlands are not protected by dikes because they are artificially elevated.     F   
  3. In the new cities in the Netherlands, many structures, such as parking garages and plazas, transform into water storage facilities.    T  

 

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