Dutch dune area dried in several places

Nov 12, 2005

A Dutch dune area has dried out at a number of locations as a result of water extraction and drainage of adjacent areas.

As a result, wildlife managers are searching for favorable locations to restore the natural environment to the original wet dune valleys.

Chris Bakker has compiled a number of characteristics that a dune valley must satisfy for a successful restoration project to be carried out.

Bakker investigated dune valleys in Zuid Kennemerland National Park, near IJmuiden, the Netherlands. He discovered that the restoration of plant growth in nutrient-poor, wet dune valleys set off a chain reaction with respect to changes in the quantity of dead plants, responses of individual plants and the species composition of the vegetation.

Changes in the water level were found to have a major impact on the ecosystems, especially on plant life, according to Bakker.

The Dutch dune area is particularly important for water extraction and is of international importance.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Constructed ecosystems reduce risk of flooding

Dec 09, 2013

In many locations throughout the world, protection against increasingly severe flooding can be improved by the construction of large ecosystems (e.g. tidal marshes and mangroves). In comparison with conventional flood-prevention ...

Beyond NYC: Other places adapting to climate, too

Jun 16, 2013

From Bangkok to Miami, cities and coastal areas across the globe are already building or planning defenses to protect millions of people and key infrastructure from more powerful storm surges and other effects ...

World learns from Dutch to keep head above water

Mar 21, 2011

Dubai's Palm Island, New Orleans' upgraded dykes and Australia's water recycling plants all have one thing in common: they benefited from Dutch know-how gained in the country's age-old quest for dry feet.

Dutch build more dunes against rising seas

Nov 20, 2009

On the beach at Monster, bulldozers painstakingly turn sand dredged from the bottom of the North Sea bed into dunes in an ambitious effort to safeguard the Netherlands from flooding.

Recommended for you

Comet Jacques makes a 'questionable' appearance

34 minutes ago

What an awesome photo! Italian amateur astronomer Rolando Ligustri nailed it earlier today using a remote telescope in New Mexico and wide-field 4-inch (106 mm) refractor. Currently the brightest comet in ...

Image: Our flocculent neighbour, the spiral galaxy M33

43 minutes ago

The spiral galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is one of our closest cosmic neighbours, just three million light-years away. Home to some forty billion stars, it is the third largest in the ...

Titan offers clues to atmospheres of hazy planets

44 minutes ago

When hazy planets pass across the face of their star, a curious thing happens. Astronomers are not able to see any changes in the range of light coming from the star and planet system.

Having fun with the equation of time

54 minutes ago

If you're like us, you might've looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was.

User comments : 0