Nature attacks the coast in the Netherlands
The Dutch coast is constantly under attack by the sea. If dunes, dykes and water barriers were not maintained, the sea would reclaim many meters of land at some places along the coast every year. This is why the Dutch have long been famous for their battle against water. The threat from the sea is neutralised by sand replenishments. Near the city of The Hague such sand replenishments usually take place every three to five years. This sand is dredged from the bottom of the North Sea. As a result, plants and small organisms in some places along the coast are buried under mountains of sand every five years. The extraction of sand also disturbs the balance of life in the sea.