Tidal flats at Westerhever, Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, Germany
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The Dutch-German-Danish Wadden Sea, with its tidal flats, tidal creeks, estuaries, salt marshes, beaches, dunes and islands is one of the last relatively unspoilt nature areas in Europe. The tidal rhythm determines the pace of life in the Wadden Sea and leads to continuous change. Of the total area of about 10,000 km2, 4,500 km2 are tidal flats falling dry with low tide. This makes the Wadden Sea the world’s largest continuous mud flat area, hosting millions of Arctic shorebirds every year ...