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  • 27% of the Netherlands is below sea-level
  • On Feb. 1, 1953, a high-tide storm breached the famed Dutch dikes in more than 450 places. Nearly 1,900 people died, many as they slept. More than 47,000 homes and other buildings were swept away or splintered in the icy inundation.
  • Once dykes are built, canals and pumps are used to drain the land and to keep it dry. From the 1200s, windmills had been used to pump excess water off the fertile soil; today most of the windmills have been replaced with electricity- and diesel-driven pumps.
  • Tulips originated in Central Asia, and in 1693 century found its way to Northern Europe. The Dutch are famous for tulips, cultivating 9 million bulbs a year. In the mid 17 th century, “tulip mania” spread throughout Holland and the price of one bulb could be equivalent to a house.
  • Contrary to their name, french fries also originated in Belgium. Belgium is also known world-wide for waffles and chocolate as well as producing over 500 varieties of beer. In 2008, Belgium bought Anheiser-Busch.
  • Bogs are areas of soft, waterlogged land, usually containing large amounts of organic acids and aldehydes in layers of Sphagnum and peat. This environment often acts to preserve the soft tissues of a cadaver even after the bones have dissolved away; such things as skin, eyes, intestines, brains and hair are sometimes so well preserved as to appear almost modern. Bog finds such as this then supplement the fossil record which tends to preserve only hard bone and stone. Thus far, bodies found in the bogs have been dated from the Mesolithic to modern times; the best preserved and most celebrated have come from dates throughout the Iron Age and Roman periods. Their presence seems to be a result of a whole range of causes-inhumation, accidental death, murder and ritual.
  • Bogs are commonly found in Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.
  • The Tolland Man is one of the most well preserved “bog people” of northern Europe. He probably died during the 4 th century BC, hanged and thrown into the bog as a sacrifice to a god.
  • Benelux countries

    1. 1. Slide 1-2: The Beneluxcountries consists of thefollowing 3 countries:Belgium, Netherlands, &LuxembourgSlide 1-2: The Beneluxcountries consists of thefollowing 3 countries:Belgium, Netherlands, &Luxembourg
    2. 2. DELMARVA Peninsula
    3. 3. The NetherlandsSlide 3: Another name for theNetherlands is Holland. Thepeople are called Dutch . Mostof the Netherlands is below sealevel.
    4. 4. CheeseCheese
    5. 5. Canals
    6. 6. Amsterdam & BicyclesVideo
    7. 7. Levees in the NetherlandsSlide 6: Levees are builtto protect the land fromflooding from the NorthSea.
    8. 8.  “God created theworld, but the Dutchcreated Holland.” 3,000 poldersnationwide A polder is a low-lyingtract of land reclaimedby the sea and enclosedby embankmentsknown as dikes.PoldersSlide 7-10: A polder is a low-lying tract of land reclaimed by the sea and enclosed byembankments known as dikes.
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    10. 10. Tulips & Windmills
    11. 11. Dutch ShoesSlide 11: The Netherlands is also known for tulips, windmills and wooden shoes.
    12. 12.  What is the name of the capital of theNetherlands?a) Londonb) Dublinc) Amsterdam What is another name for the Netherlands?a) Walesb) Hollandc) Deutschland Most of the Netherlands:a) Is living in povertyb) Sits below sea levelc) Speaks EnglishQuick Write What are people from the Netherlandscalled?a) Dutchb) Swedesc) Hollanders Water pumped out of regions to createland is called:a) Polderb) Dikec) Levee
    13. 13. BelgiumBelgium’s capital is Brussels
    14. 14. Belgium CuisineSlide 13: Belgium is known for beer, chocolate, and fries
    15. 15. LuxembourgLuxembourg
    16. 16. Bog A bog is a standingbody of water with nounderground springof fresh water to feedit. The water isgenerally cold,extremely acidic andlow in oxygen. A formof moss, especiallySphagnum moss,grows and forms athick mat of floatingplants. These plants,over time, can fill inthe pond or small lakewith peat that willeventually be firmenough to supporttrees
    17. 17. Bogs of Northern Europe
    18. 18. Bog PeopleHow old do youthink he is?How old do youthink he is?2300 years old2300 years old
    19. 19. Match the capital with thecorrect countryUnited KingdomAmsterdamCopenhagenDublinBrusselsLondonNetherlandsBelgiumDenmarkIreland
    20. 20. Matching: Draw a line from the pic to the correct country
    21. 21.  ID # 14047Review