27 november 2014


This mural inside the lighthouse of Texel shows the highest and lowest point in the Netherlands, compared to the zero level of NAP. 'Normaal Amsterdams Peil' (NAP) or 'Amsterdam Ordnance Datum' is used as the reference water level since the end of the 19th century. Originally the zero level of NAP was the average summer flood water level in the IJ just north of the centre of Amsterdam, then still connected with the open sea. Nowadays zero meter NAP is about the same as sea level. NAP is an official and very important measurement system for our country, and its data are used for protection against floods, water management and all kind of studies.

The mural shows the Texel lighthouse on the left, where we were standing on 33,6m above NAP. The lowest point is the village of Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel (6,76m below NAP), and the Vaalserberg (322,2m above NAP) is the highest point.

Watching the NAP levels while climbing the stairs inside the lighthouse.

4 opmerkingen:

  1. That's something I wouldn't have known. The staircase inside is quite inviting!

  2. als je zo diep woont daar moet je maar niet iedere dag bij nadenken.

  3. Leuke leerzame weergave van het NAP. Je vindt dit wel op meer plekken zoals een hele grote in het stadhuis van amsterdam waarbij iedereen zijn eigen lokatie als middelpunt neemt.

  4. Dat is een duidelijke uitleg van het NAP.


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