Canon EOS 350D, 22mm, 1/2000 sec, F/5, ISO-100
Location: Stavoren, Netherlands, Europe
Date: January 9/2011
Frozen Ysselmeer at Stavoren
IJsselmeer (sometimes translated as Lake Ĳssel, alternative international spelling: Lake Yssel) is a shallow lake of 1100 km² in the central Netherlands bordering the provinces of Flevoland, North Holland and Friesland, with an average depth of 5 to 6 m. It is named after the Ĳssel river that drains into it via a smaller lake, the Ketelmeer. The Ĳsselmeer is the largest lake in Western Europe.
The internal capitalization in the spelling is because IJ is a digraph in Dutch, possibly a ligature, and sometimes considered a single letter (see IJ (letter)).
The Ĳsselmeer was created in 1932 when an inland sea, the Zuiderzee, was closed by a 32 km dam, the Afsluitdijk. This was part of a major hydraulic engineering project known as the Zuiderzee Works, that years later led to the reclaiming of land from the Ĳsselmeer, thereby diminishing the size of the lake.