Canals of the World, Photographed from Space

When I was a teenager, we lived in the Netherlands for a year and a half, give or take. We lived for much of that time just off of a little canal that was just off of the “grand” canal of Leeuwarden, the main city of the province of Friesland. Our grand canal emptied into the ocean not many miles from the city. We used to take bread down to the canal and feed the ducks, who lived there summer and winter, not migrating away south for the colder months, because everyone fed them all year round. Living as we did so close to the grand canal, I was reminded of my youth when I saw this article on, with pictures of various canals as seen from space. My grand canal isn’t there, but that’s okay; the pictures are stunning, and quite lovely!

People who say that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space tend to forget that more than half of the Netherlands is man-made, too, reclaimed from the ocean bottom itself. That’s right, a whole country in Europe is almost entirely man-made! And you can certainly see it from space!

Anyway, here’s the article I found. Just follow the link:


We have a host of modern-day gongoozlers here at Planet. From behind our computer screens we can observe a ton of activity in canals. It’s…

Source: Canals of the World, Photographed from Space – Planet Stories – Medium