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Estuary: Out from London to the Sea

By Rachel Lichtenstein

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It is the nature of estuaries to be deeply mysterious and very hard to know. Taking from both the river and the sea, they belong to neither. They form their own world in which fresh and salt water are forever churning. The dry land with its human settlements contains the estuary, but its essence is the endlessly moving water, the shifting sandbanks and mud banks, the channels, the tearing currents.

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