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After the construction of the Afsluitdijk, the Zuiderzee stopped existing. He was inevitable. The new inner sea no longer was part of the North Sea. The Ijsselmeer had been born.

It bathes the coasts of Holland of the North, Flevoland, Overijssel and Friesland, being his surface of 1,250 kilometers square. Its average depth is of 5 meters. From its creation in 1932 a strategy unstoppable of “polderización? has been followed, that after all was the last intention of the Dutch.

Its name means Frozen Sea, although this denomination has its origin in the Ijssel river (Frozen), that is going to end at this closed sea, in this neoborn lake. Approximately 150,000 hectares of their surface have dried up, that now are new earth for agriculture, the cattle ranch, or new towns. But the Ijsselmeer is very great, in spite of its meekness.

Their waters have been dulcificando, they have been losing its salt, and now they are much more sweet that across of the dock. Proof of this is that in winter they get to freeze sometimes, showing the observer a polar landscape, desolated. An immense crystallized pool. The calm of the cold.

It is not rare in the months of summer to see some that another fisherman with the cane thrown in immutable waters, taking the sun (there is if it) and enjoying a tremendous silence that until seems to stop the time. And it is that sometimes the landscape seems a fixed photo.

He is not either strange to discover the engrossed tourist, hypnotized by his quiet surface. From backs to the abierto sea, without paying attention to him. Contemplating, only immovable, the solitude that radiates the inner sea. Descrying the mist in the horizon. With the lost glance in an extraterrestrial landscape.

The Dutch continue draining and drying zones of the Ijsselmeer, creating new pólders. Now it is easier. The Pólder of the Northwest (NoordOost Polder) and Flevoland are proofs of it. But, what has happened with the coastal populations? To what their inhabitants dedicate themselves now?

We take the paradigmatic example. The example. Enkhuizen. The reconversion has been essential for the survival. But, the reconversion… towards what? Then towards the unique activity that has allowed to maintain the traditions, that he has allowed to continue making the things that their inhabitants knew and know to do, that she has allowed to conserve the original spirit: the memory.

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