Dells


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Dells

 

flat, elongated channelless hollows that have no constant flow of water. Their lengths range from 10 m to more than 1,000 m. They are formed by the combined action of occasional shortterm flows of water, which periodically deepen the valley profile of dells, and the slow, descending movements of the weathering surface materials, which fill in the profile.

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Then Adam o' the Dell shot, carefully and cautiously, and his arrow lodged close beside the stranger's.
demanded Heyward, examining, with a more curious eye, the secluded dell, with its bubbling fountain, surrounded, as it was, by earth of a deep, dingy brown.
He laid his murderous hands upon the breast of his comrade, groaning again and again as a bearded lion when a man who was chasing deer has robbed him of his young in some dense forest; when the lion comes back he is furious, and searches dingle and dell to track the hunter if he can find him, for he is mad with rage--even so with many a sigh did Achilles speak among the Myrmidons saying, "Alas
Here they sat down on a luxuriant heap of moss; which at some epoch of the preceding century, had been a gigantic pine, with its roots and trunk in the darksome shade, and its head aloft in the upper atmosphere It was a little dell where they had seated themselves, with a leaf-strewn bank rising gently on either side, and a brook flowing through the midst, over a bed of fallen and drowned leaves.