Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Island of Hooge

The Halligen are ten small German islands without protective dikes. The islands are to be found in the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer National Park (Unesco WHS).  Hooge is one of these islands.

Unlike the other Hallig islands, Hooge is surrounded by a high stone dyke, which nevertheless fails to prevent it from being inundated by the North Sea during the winter months. During these periods of submersion, only the island's warfts are visible: man-made hills on which the houses of Hooge's inhabitants are located. Hallig Hooge has 10 of these warfts and about 120 inhabitants.


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