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Unformatted text preview: Geo 349 #9 10/06 Human Environment Interaction II Deforestation of the Mediterranean World- Greece eroded plain near Corinth only about 1/5 of land is suitable for farming- Difficult to find land in Europe not affected by human harm, pollution, etc. Deforestation North of the Alps- Western Europe has lost 99% of its original forests- Bialowieza last remaining tract of Europes temporal forest Dutch North Sea Costal Reclamation- 45% of the area lies below high tide level and lies below mean sea level- Dutch have tried to reclaim land- Set up dykes and use windmills- Netherlands Zuiderzee Afsluitsdijk (completed 1932) o Built a dyke across the sea and became a freshwater lake. Also tried to reclaim rich clay at the bottom of the Zuiderzee. Reclaimed 626 sq. miles.- Polder landscapes take 20 years to use- Delta Plain Tidal Barrier (1986) created because of flood o 1953 flood disaster in Netherlands- Water is rising along coast and could really affect the Netherlands, Belgium, and a...
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course GEOG 349 taught by Professor Oestegren during the Fall '07 term at Wisconsin.
- Fall '07