Belgium Surroundings

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WATER OVERALWater everywhere België - Belgium GO! basisschool De Schorre – Primary school De Schorre Sint-Amands

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Through the village of Sint-Amands, flows the river Schelde. The Schelde is a river that originates in the village of Gouv in the North of France and runs through Henegouwen and Flanders via Ghent and Antwerp. It ends in the North Sea. Our school

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De Maas The Maas is a river in Western Europe. The water level may vary because it is nurtured by rain. The river runs through France, Belgium en the Netherlands.

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De IJzer The Ijzer is the shortest river of all three Belgian rivers that flow into the sea (the other two being the Maas and the Schelde). The Ijzer, however is the only one that flows into the sea on Belgian territory. The other two disappear in the sea on Dutch soil.

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A map of the Belgian rivers The three most important ones: Schelde, Maas en Ijzer + many more.

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The North Sea The North Sea is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in North-Western Europe and has an average depth of 94 metres. The sea is bordered by land on three sides and flows into the North-Eastern Atlantic Ocean. It’s an important thoroughfare for ships that travel between Europe and other continents. Because of that, it’s the busiest sea in the world.

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The Harbour of Antwerp The harbour of Antwerp is the largest seaport in Belgium and the second largest in Europe, after Rotterdam. The harbour is linked to the North Sea via the Schelde. It plays an important part in the international trade. It lies deep within the mainland so many products can be shipped out in containers. Products such as clothing, electronics but also fruit, luxury cars,.. are being exported.

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The Belgian Seaside The Belgian seaside is the Flemish part of Belgium where it borders the North Sea. It’s approximately 67 kilometres long. It’s very popular with tourists. A few well-known villages by the sea: Oostende, Blankenberge, De Haan, Nieuwpoort,…

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SeafoodBelgium has a few large fishing ports where fresh fish arrives at a daily basis. The most important one is Ostend. Belgians don’t just eat Mussels and chips, but also sole,herring, lobster, eel ‘in green’ and crispy shrimp croquettes.

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Catching fish in the North Sea A fisherman looking for shrimp in Ostend Examples…

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A few memorable places... The steep plain of Roncières A steep plain is a special type of boat-lift where the lifts not only make vertical but also horizontal movements. There are ‘dry’ as well as ‘wet’ plains. On the dry plains, the keel is lying dry on a stand but on the wet plains, the boats are lifted into a bassin filled with water or propelled into a ditch, the so-called water-slope.

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The Waterfalls of Coo The waterfalls of Coo, in the river Amblève, are one of the highest in Belgium with a height of about 13 metres, according to the village of Stavelot. They where built to protect the village Petit-Coo against floods.

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The Waterfall of Reinhardstein The Waterfall of Reinhardstein is situated in Weismes. It’s about 60 metres high which makes it the highest waterfall in Belgium. Sadly, it’s is not well-known.

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The dam of Robertville The dam was built in order to create one of the finest lakes in Belgium. The lake is located in the heart of a wooded highland and is surrounded by an atmosphere one can’t find elsewhere in the East.

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The caves of Remouchamps They are situated in Sougné-Remouchaps, near the Amblève The cave has been open for visitors since 1928. In the beginning, the caves were lit by torches made of resin. A visit is certainly worth the effort: a walk of about 1 kilometre that ends with a boat-ride of approximately 600 metres beneath breathtaking galleries that were hollowed out by the underground river (the Rubicon).

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The Ninglinspo The Ninglinspo is a side-branch of the Amblève near Nonceveux (Remouchamps). The Ninglinspo is a rapidly declining river with a difference in height of about 200 metres along the length of 2500 metres. A place for adventure!

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The downstream navigation of the Lesse 21 km of unspoilt nature, a surprising route. The Lesse slides through a landscape of Medieval castles, a nature park , prehistoric caves, stately cliffs and last but not least: the two waterfalls... Sensation and fun guaranteed!

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