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The former island of Schokland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Halfway the nineteenth century the island had had so much to endure by the sea - which took away most of the land of the islet - that the king of the Netherlands ordered its eviction. In the Second World War, the Dutch reclaimed the former sea around the island into the Noordoostpolder (North-east polder), and thus also definitively saved Schokland.
Unfortunately its saviour will also mean its end, as the clay on which the now former Island is slowly drying out. The island already lies 1.5 meters lowert than in lied in the fifties.
At Schokland, which lies around 5 km southeast of Emmeloord, next to the village of Nagele, is a museum. In the museum are changing exhibitions and also a histoical exhibition about the life of the former island. Some remnants of prehestoric inhabitants of the island are on display.
From Schokland you can make a small walk or bike-tour around the contours of the former island. Especially in the summer this is a nice experience, on the bottom of the former sea, between the grane fields.
Another interesting site is the former island of Urk, not far from Schokland. Urk wasn't evicted, and the inhabitants have been able to preserve their own character.