Peatland in the Netherlands. Stock photo taken on a sunny day in the south west part of the country.
The Romans hated it. The peat bog and bog areas that determined the appearance of the Netherlands. Their carriages got stuck in it and it was surrounded by millions of mosquitoes. It was not until the 11th century that people discovered that protruding the soil and allowing it to dry was a good fuel. They called it peat.
The black-brown layer of peat was created by the accumulation of dead plants that cannot digest well under water because there is hardly any oxygen. That also meant that a whole history could be found in the peat. People and animals that ended up in the peat centuries ago have been found surprisingly well preserved.
A piece of historical land that you do not see much anymore due to Dutch industrialization and buildings.