“This led to the Delta Works, a true wonder of the modern world. It included an immense double gate to stop storm surges from entering the mouth of the Hollandse Ijssel. I realized that by becoming an engineer I could contribute to these projects that might take decades to build. . . . My dream is to repeat on a far grander scale what happened that night. To use the immense force of a tsunami or hurricane to protect against the very damage that it might otherwise inflict.” – from A Floating Life by Tad Crawford (Chapter 11)
Photo credit “© Raimond Spekking / CC-BY-SA-3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)” The original image is here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Deltawerke-Oosterschelde-Sturmflutwehr_Oosterscheldeseite.jpg. Additional information about the storm that led to the creation of Delta Works can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_flood_of_1953.