Colleague and friend Evan Goldstein collects “pictures of infrastructure” that he sorts into various types. In October, riding along on a field course for our second-year undergraduates, I had the opportunity to tour several coastal engineering installations across the Netherlands. I tried to walk around with Evan’s eye for infrastructure. Easy, superficially, because flood-management infrastructure is everywhere in the Netherlands – but astounding, cumulatively. Because flood-management infrastructure is everywhere in the Netherlands. From one blog to another, this is my contribution to your collection, Evan. (Scroll over images for captions.)
Backlit map of channel networks, Maeslant Barrier visitor center.
Maeslant Barrier wing (the Eiffel Tower on its side).
Panoramic sweep (L to R) from Rotterdam to the Maeslant Barrier.
Two tankers passing the Maeslant installation – one leaving the port of Rotterdam (blue hull), one entering (red).
Under the barrage at Neeltje Jans (view north).
Land reclamation at Neeltje Jans (view east).
Barrage observation deck at Neeltje Jans (part 1 of 2).
Barrage observation deck (part 2 of 2).
Windmills and reclaimed land at Neeltje Jans – in the 1960s, all this was a submerged sandbank.
Windmill series at Kinderdijk (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – polder drainage (part 1 of 2).
Spider-legged piston steam pump at Cruquius Pumping Station – polder drainage (part 2 of 2).
Atop the (buried) supergroyne at Texel.
Crab device (for nearshore monitoring) at Petten.
Life behind the dike – Hondsebossche Zeewering, Petten.