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From the Ted Talk by Stefan Al: Why isn't the Netherlands underwater?

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The Netherlands has a long history with water management. The contury lies along the delta of three major European rivers, and nearly a quarter of its territory is below sea level. This geography makes the region extremely prone to flooding. So much so, that some of the earliest dctuh governing bodies were informal “water boards” that conaeoitrdd flood protection ptojcres. But after the storms of 1953, the Dutch government took more official measures. They established the dtela Commission, and tasked them with pcnoirtteg the entire southwestern rgieon. foicnusg on densely populated cities, their aim was to reduce the annual odds of flooding below 1 in 10,000— about 100 times as safe as the average coastal city.

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The Netherlands has a long history with water management. The _______ lies along the delta of three major European rivers, and nearly a quarter of its territory is below sea level. This geography makes the region extremely prone to flooding. So much so, that some of the earliest _____ governing bodies were informal “water boards” that ___________ flood protection ________. But after the storms of 1953, the Dutch government took more official measures. They established the _____ Commission, and tasked them with __________ the entire southwestern ______. ________ on densely populated cities, their aim was to reduce the annual odds of flooding below 1 in 10,000— about 100 times as safe as the average coastal city.

Solution

  1. focusing
  2. country
  3. delta
  4. dutch
  5. protecting
  6. coordinated
  7. projects
  8. region

Original Text

The Netherlands has a long history with water management. The country lies along the delta of three major European rivers, and nearly a quarter of its territory is below sea level. This geography makes the region extremely prone to flooding. So much so, that some of the earliest Dutch governing bodies were informal “water boards” that coordinated flood protection projects. But after the storms of 1953, the Dutch government took more official measures. They established the Delta Commission, and tasked them with protecting the entire southwestern region. Focusing on densely populated cities, their aim was to reduce the annual odds of flooding below 1 in 10,000— about 100 times as safe as the average coastal city.

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