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Netherlands, Land and Resources

polar ice caps, global warming, canals, sea level, elevation

The Netherlands, as its name suggests, is a low-lying country. About half of the country’s landmass lies below sea level. This amount would increase should the polar ice caps melt and slowly raise the level of the sea due to global warming. Much of the western part, situated below sea level, is covered with clay and peat soils interspersed with canals, rivers, and arms of the sea. Farther to the east the land lies slightly above sea level and is flat to gently rolling. The elevation rarely exceeds 50 m (160 ft). Most of the land is devoted to agriculture; only small areas of forest and heath remain.

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polar ice caps, global warming, canals, sea level, elevation, heath, rivers, clay, arms, half, Netherlands, agriculture, east

 
 

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