Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
And now something completely different
How is it to live 6 meters below sealevel? The above picture give you an idea what we are talking about. The main idea is that you pump out the water faster than it oozes in. To that extend we have 4 pumpstations. One of them you see below.
As you can see it has four pumps. The total capacity of one pumpstation is 2000 cubic meters per minute. That's enough to keep our feets dry. We have a mobile reserve of 5 times what is needed. Each pumpstation has 3 sources of energy: gas, diesel and electricity. The pumps are so well engineered that they haven't failed even one hour sinds they started to work in 1956. The idea is that they keep working when you need them.
Our polder is surrounded by dikes.
Each dike has a height that it can withstand a combination of high water and a superstorm which can occur once per 4096 year. If the dike leaks, you can put your thumb in it. If the hole is less than 60 meters, you can put a ship in it. I'm glad we have no hurricanes here. Otherwise the levees would be much higher.
I agree it hasn't much to do with chess, but maybe you find it interesting.