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Vitsø Cove on Ærø is a fiord arm covering about 150 hectares that was navigated by ships until about 1600. In the 18th century a hook of land occurred naturally that was closing the cove with piles of stone. In 1788, Ove Fabricius of Søby Farm began building dikes …

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One percent more of Denmark

Time / Periode 1838
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Internally, we have to make up for our external losses," wrote Hans Peter Holst in 1872. These words became the motto of the cultivator of the Danish heaths, Enrico Dalgas. But land reclamation had been known for centuries. From 1530 until 1964, 146 areas were dammed. This reclaimed land totalled 45,382 hectares, which is one percent of Denmark's surface area. The Danes invested most heavily in damming in densely populated farming areas. In the beginning, water was drained from reclaimed land using dams or sluices. Later a form of watermill wheel was used to move and lift the water. Drainage was also achieved using the ancient Greek invention Archimedes' screw – like the one at the pump mill at Vitsø Cove. "

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Internally, we have to make up for our external losses," wrote Hans Peter Holst in 1872. These…

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