The Wadden Sea A UN World Heritage Site Nich Lorette201006594 Photo: Dirk Ingo Franke (2007) [Reproduced under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license] CSCI 100 – M. Lin
Overview • The Wadden Sea is a sub-section of the North Sea, covering the northern sea shore of Germany and the Netherlands. • The waters of the Wadden Sea are of the Arctic Ocean. As they flow with the tides, the beaches and flats of the area are hidden and revealed. • Photo: MogensEngelund (2007) [Reproduced under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license]
Reasons for Inclusion • The Wadden Sea fulfils three of the ten criteria used to select UN World Heritage Sites: • To record a major stage in Earth’s history; • To represent an ongoing development of life on Earth; • To contain significant natural habitats and exhibit biological diversity. In all of these areas, the Wadden Sea is said to hold... Outstanding Universal Value
The Mud Flats • The Wadden Sea gets its name from the Dutch word ‘wad’ – in English, ‘mud flat’. At low tide, the coast is full of muddy terrain with a thin layer of water overtop. Photo: Siebrand (2006)[Reproduced under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license]
Flora and Fauna Every nature lover owes it to themselves to experience the over five thousand species of birds, shellfish, mammals, plants, and fish that can be found in and around the Wadden Sea’s many beaches, flats, grasslands, and waters. Photo: Mhaesen (2008)[Reproduced under the Creative Commons Share-Alike license]
Accommodations • Hotels, inns, and all such manners of visitor housing structure exist in spades around the Wadden Sea area. • Depending on the type and location desired, as well as the time of year, accommodations can cost from €50 to €400. Photo: Waddenfederatie (2010).
Video Celebration Video: Waddenfederatie (2009).
Resources • Media Sources: • Wikimedia Commons – Wadden Sea • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wadden_Sea • Youtube – Waddenfederatie • http://www.youtube.com/user/Waddenfederatie • Additional Info • Wadden Sea World Heritage • http://www.waddensea-worldheritage.org/ • email@example.com