How The Netherlands Stopped The Wind In Old Movies, Why The Dial Tone After 2 days ago   02:13

Tom Scott - - The Delta Works, to the west of the Netherlands, are one of the modern wonders of the world. But there's other, lesser-known infrastructure there too: including the Rozenburg Wind Wall, on the Caland Canal, which turns a dangerous, windy stretch of canal into a much more navigable bit of water. It's a triumph of humanity over nature, and it's astonishing.

Thanks to Dan W - - for letting me borrow his footage from the busier parts of the port of Rotterdam!

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Requiritur Pacem
*"God Created The World, But The Dutch Created The Netherlands"*
Andreas Tormin
I love your videos, because they underline my thought that even if a thousand people say It's impossible, but the right person says it is possible it can and will happen. Best example is Elon Musk and sapceX's landing rockets.
Thanks for the inspiring videos and greetings from a future German Engineer :D
I'm from the Netherlands and I didn't even know this...
I'm more interested in Hapag-Lloyd
Carlo loke lim
How do i still feel wind then?
josef ralph endaya
Im making a note here:
huge success.
In america they have a wal against mexicans we have a wal against the wind
Not really that impressive if you compare it to the thousands or tens of thousands of miles of wind breaks planted in the central US to stop the dust bowl. Between the bad farming practices that caused it and the good farming practices and wind breaks, they basically terraformed the area twice in the 20th century.
Mieke Fransen
I've lived near it for years and I had no idea lmaoo
Actually, it was Google Wind.

Micah Philson
I thought that said "How the *Neanderthals* blocked the wind", so I was super confused for the entire video!
Engineering on a whole new level
Paul Duffin
How does it work? It looks like the shape is meant to reverse the direction of the wind in some places that prevents wind blowing through the gaps. Is that true?

It reminds me a bit of a Tesla valve.
Achilleas Labrou
It is UUUUUUUglyyyyyy.
Ethan Cooper
and after all, you're my wind-er-wall
God created the world but the Dutch made the Netherlands.
Seamus Cavanaugh
Damn why is there a wonder of modern engineering at every other turn in the Netherlands
Cycled past this in September. Awesome structure. Wondered what purpose it served. Now I know.
square shield
why didn't they just build a better bridge
Xx[Beat It]xX
God : "They are too powerful to be kept alive"
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In Old Movies, Why The Dial Tone After How The Netherlands Stopped The Wind 2 days ago   03:16

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