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The southern banks along Svensen Slough, a side channel of the Columbia River, have transformed over time from historic spruce swamp into fields diked off by European settlers for farming.
Aerial photos show portions of the land – diked and drained for agriculture by the 1930s and cut in half by US Highway 30 by the 1970s – slowly returning to wetlands as levees broke down and breached.
The tank area is believed to be diked and lined to contain spilled fuel.
That was before humans drained and diked estuaries to build cities, grow crops, and make salt.
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DIKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dike for English Language Learners
: a long narrow hole that is dug in the ground to carry water : a ditch or trench
: a bank or mound of earth that is built to control water and especially to protect an area from flooding
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