Vier eeuwen turfwinning : de verveningen in Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe en Overijssel tussen 1550 en 1950

M.A.W. Gerding

    Research output: Thesisexternal PhD, WU


    This study focuses on the production of dry peat fuel in the northern parts of the Netherlands between 1550 and 1950. Peat digging played an important role there because in the course of four hundred years around 100,000 hectare raised bog peat and 42,000 hectare fenland peat was converted to dry peat fuel, representing a combustion value of 3.5 x 101 gigajoules. This peat was excavated from 62 raised bog areas and 11 fenland areas. An assessment is made of the importance of these various peat-bogs and fenlands, both with regard to each other and to the total picture. It also enables the categorisation into periods. Above all, in this way the contribution made by the peat digging in the northern Netherlands to the national energy supply is researched. To a lesser extent attention is paid to the distribution of dry peat fuel and its consumption.

    Original languageDutch
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • van der Woude, A.M., Promotor
    Award date8 Sept 1995
    Place of PublicationS.l.
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


    • peat
    • extraction
    • statistics
    • historical geography
    • north netherlands

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