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Sea levels off Dutch coast highest ever recorded in 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Storm surges and tidal cycles caused record sea levels along the coast of the Netherlands last year, a Dutch marine institute has found. "The level has been rising gradually since 1890 by about 0.2 cm per year due to the melting of the ice and the warming up of the ocean," expert Fedor Baart, of the research organisation Deltares, said in a statement Friday. Sea and water levels are carefully watched in the Netherlands, as much of the country lies below sea-level and is protected from flooding by a series of defences such as dykes, sand dunes, windmills to pump away water and sophisticated barrages. read more
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