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Deltaic Formation

Nature volume 150, pages 6768 (18 July 1942) | Download Citation



WHETHER one judges by length of sea face or by distance from the apex, the combined delta of the Ganges and Brahmaputra is the largest in the world, which gives it an importance not lessened by its density of population, and its length of known history. Consequently the appearance of a work dealing comprehensively with its mode of formation and continued modification is of importance not only to geologists, but also to engineers, administrators, and medical men, and to all others who have to deal practically with the working and changes of deltaic rivers.

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    Quart. J. Geol. Soc., 19, 321–54 (1863).

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    Geodetic Report, Survey of India 1937, Chart IX.

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    See "The Geology and Underground Water-Supply of Calcutta, Bengal, with special reference to Tube-Wells", Mem. Geol. Surv. Ind., 76, 24 (1940). This work is contemporary with Dr. Strickland's book, and neither author appears to be aware of the other's worK. Chapter 2 of Dr. Coulson's memoir gives an excellent summary of previous work on the "Early History of the Ganges and the Formation of the Ganges Delta".

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