14 April 2010

The Netherlands Sluice

My hubby took this picture last Saturday when we took a walk in the neighborhood. This sluice is near to our house. It is 10 minutes walk. We have lots of sluices here because Netherlands is below sea level. We are surrounded with water.
A sluice is a water channel that is controlled at its head by a gate. For example, a millrace is a sluice that channels water toward a water mill.
A sluice gate is traditionally a wooden or metal plate which slides in grooves in the sides of the channel. Sluice gates are commonly used to control water levels and flow rates in rivers and canals. They are also used in wastewater treatment plants and to recover minerals in mining.
We have lots of canals thus lots of bridges.

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About this Blog

I make this blog for foreigners who will live in this country, THE NETHERLANDS. Foreigners who are engaged or married they have to learn a lot of things about their new home like the culture, architectures, landscape, government, dikes etc. Especially the Dutch language which is very important in their social life. It is very difficult if they cannot communicate with other people. Most people speak Dutch, only few speaks English.
For visitors and readers, this will give you an idea what this country is. This small country ranks no. 5 in the economic stability in EUROPE. Their architectures like palaces, castles, dikes, ports (air and sea) are amazing.
Their culture is very interesting.

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