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Mortlakes as a Cause of River-windings


MR. T. S. ELLIS asks us in NATURE of April 29, p. 264, to believe that the curves of a meandering river, instead of being wholly secondary features, are to a large extent primary, arising from the simplification of a “complicated network of channels.” He admits, however, that such a network does not occur in existing rivers, and it will require more than deductive reasoning as to what should happen on a newly exposed land surface to prove that it belongs to any stage of their evolution.

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