Zandmotor, Kijkduin


This amazing feat of engineering has been around since 2011 and only now did I take the opportunity to visit. Living near the North Sea in the The Hague area, you are not used to endlessly deep beaches. With the evolution of the Sand Engine, we now finally have a beach that can rival the ones on Terschelling!

The sand engine (also called Sand Motor) is an experiment in the management of dynamic coastline. It is run off South Holland in the Netherlands. A sandbar-shaped peninsula was created by man; the surface is about 1 kmĀ². It is expected that this sand is then moved over the years by the action of waves, wind and currents along the coast. To protect the West of the Netherlands against the sea, the beaches along the coast are artificially replenished every five years, and it is expected that the sand engine will make replenishment along the Delfland Coast unnecessary for the next 20 years. This method is expected to be more cost effective and also helps nature by reducing the repeated disruption caused by dredging and replenishment.
Sand engine. (2015, April 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:09, January 3, 2016, from