With strong expertise in water management, the Dutch may soon implement their know-how, not for export, but for their own benefit. A tulip-shaped island (much less intricate than a windmill or cannabis leaf as jokingly suggested by Bert Groothuizen of Dubai and some random blogger, respectively), about 50 kilometers (31 miles) long, is in the works to relieve overpopulation and maintain a barrier against rising sea levels.
The Dutch Parliament has asked a commission on coastal development to look into the idea of building islands in the North Sea that could be used for housing, farming or a nature reserve, while at the same time helping to protect the coast.
Hmm...we've certainly had our own battles with rising water levels in the US so what would be an appropriate silhouette for us? An SUV? Golden arches?