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Noorderhaaks 03.JPG
Noorderhaaks seen from the mainland
Coordinates 52°58′30″N 4°40′50″E / 52.97500°N 4.68056°E / 52.97500; 4.68056Coordinates: 52°58′30″N 4°40′50″E / 52.97500°N 4.68056°E / 52.97500; 4.68056
Archipelago (West) Frisian Islands
Adjacent bodies of water North Sea
Province North Holland
Municipality Texel
Population Uninhabited

Noorderhaaks (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌnoːrdərˈɦaːks]), also called Razende bol (Raging ball in Dutch), is an uninhabited Dutch island[1] in the North Sea, a few kilometres west of the Marsdiep which separates the island of Texel from mainland Netherlands. The island covers an area of around five km², although the exact area varies due to tide and the dynamic nature of the area.

Satellite photo of Noorderhaaks (left)

Being relatively untouched by man, the island has become a valuable location due to its presence of several kinds of seabirds, and seals.

The island is slowly moving eastward towards the Marsdiep and the Molengat, at a pace of around 100 metres a year.[1]

The island is visited by day trippers, and is also being used as a training ground for the Dutch navy and air force.


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