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land reclamation





The transformation of useless land into productive land, usually for agricultural purposes. The major techniques involved are irrigation, drainage, fertilization, and desalination. The most spectacular examples of land drainage are those where land has been reclaimed from the sea. Best known is that of the Netherlands, where about 8,000 km2 of land have been reclaimed, mainly in the 20th century.


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