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The Wealden Flora

Nature volume 50, pages 294295 | Download Citation



THIS hand-book serves to show how interesting a monograph of all that is known regarding this mysterious formation would prove. In the folds of the Wealden we imagine the secret of the evolution of angiosperms must be locked. It is as if we stood at the mouth of a great river flowing from an unexplored interior, whose flotsam we anxiously interrogate for clues as to the nature of the unknown hinterland; yet nothing reaches us from beyond the coast-belt, which we have already explored. The Wealden flora is in fact so meagre that it is hard to regard the formation as fluviatile, and one is tempted to believe that it was formed in some brackish lake into which the spoils of the land were rarely drifted.

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