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Method of Empoldering

  • First Stage- A dike is constructed around the area to be reclaimed to keep water from coming in.Sea water in the reclaimed area is then replaced with freshwater.
  • Second Stage- The area is drained using pumps and drainage canals. The soil is not fertile enough for cultivation and not firm for building.
  • Third Stage-A type of plant,Reeds,are sown by aircraft to help the soil to form and to absorb excess water in the soil.
  • Fourth Stage-After about three years,the reeds are burnt and ploughs are used to mix the fertile ash into the soil. Drainage pipes are also constructed at that stage.
  • Final Stage- After a period of up to 15 years,the polder is ready for growing crops,building houses and constructing road and also for commercial and recreational purposes.

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