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A chronological survey is given of the discussions about the aspects of the closure of the Eastern Scheldt, an estuary in the SW Netherlands (Delta Area).
In 1958 the Delta Plan was laid down in an Act of Parliament. By changing the attitudes the goals are partly radically changed. The Delta Works will finally (1985) result in an area including almost all kinds of aquatic habitats: fresh-, brackish- and saltwater lakes, some eutrophic and some...
Some concepts of hydrochemical water quality in estuaries are discussed from the point of view of time and space. The relations of metal and other substances with chloride as conservative property are questioned with respect to time, space and presence of particulate matter. Some examples are...
Grevelingen estuary, formerly in open connection with the rivers Rhine and Meuse and with the North Sea, was closed by a dam in May 1971, excluding influences both from the rivers and from the sea (tides dropped out); brackish Lake Grevelingen originated.
A number of changes took...
The Ems-Dollard estuary receives large amounts of organic waste from the hinterland and there is importedi organic material from the North Sea. Taken together the amount of allochthonous organic material is about 800 g C/m2/year in the Dollard. This import results in a very high turbidity, a low...
This summary of proposed large-scale engineering works in United Kingdom estuaries and of smaller scale works already carried out is intended as an introduction to other, more detailed, papers in the rest of the symposium.
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