The Wadden Sea

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Wadden Sea is a world heritage site. The Wadden Sea is the largest tidal system in the world, where natural processes can take place undisturbed. The area extends along the coasts of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Due to its unique geological and ecological values worldwide, the Wadden Sea is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nowhere else is there such a dynamic landscape with a multitude of habitats formed by wind and tides. Global biodiversity depends on the Wadden Sea.

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The habitats of the Wadden Sea show in a fascinating way how physical forces and biological activities interact and thus create the conditions for living in a vulnerable environment. These habitats form a complex system across various environmental gradients, such as depth and salinity, altitude and drought, exposure to hydrodynamic factors and wind, and subsoil formed by organisms. All in all, this is an irreplaceable testimony to past and still ongoing dynamic adaptations of plants, animals and their coastal environments to global changes. Despite the vulnerability of the area, the productivity of biomass is one of the highest in the world and thus provides a large food supply for fish, seals and birds.
(Bron: Waddenzee.nl| foto: Signumphoto)

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