Protecting The Netherlands' Vulnerable Coasts With A 'Sand Motor'
Along the southwestern coast of the Netherlands, not far from The Hague, kite surfers glide on the waves around a huge sand peninsula where beachcombers photograph seagulls. But the peninsula is more than just a recreation spot. It's also an experiment in coastal management: It keeps the sea away from nearby cities. The Dutch call it "De Zandmotor" — the Sand Motor, also known as the Sand Engine.