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Holland - Ter Apelkanaal - Road alongside the canal
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January 20, 2007

Everywhere in this neighbourhood you will find roads and canals straight as can be. They came into existence because the top layer of the soil, existing of peat, was taken away since it could be used as a cheap means of heating. Since large quantities of the material were involved it was transported mainly by water. Alongside the canals also roads were made.

If you want to know more about the interesting history of our Peat Colonies please click on the link below:
http://www.veenkoloniaalmuseum.nl/british.html
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Feb 10 2007 15:44 GMT LizSA
I saw people cutting peat in Ireland..... I believe it takes years and years
and hundreds of years to grow peat....and they cut it deep about a foot deep...if I remember correctley......that is a lot of top soil going to waste..!
but they still did it in the year 1998....!!!!
Feb 10 2007 16:58 GMT annaschnitfink
That is correct dear Liz: in some countries you can still dig for peat...
In holland it was dug up on a very large scale, so that is why it is almost gone here now. Each dutch place ending with 'veen' indicates that peat was found there... Have a nice evening and a very good sunday, Liz!
Feb 10 2007 17:43 GMT brummieboy
Lovely place ....
Feb 10 2007 19:29 GMT annaschnitfink
Thank you very much for your comment Phil!!!

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