Alluvial Quotes (2 quotes)
Egypt has been called the Gift of the Nile. Once every year the river overflows its banks, depositing a layer of rich alluvial soil on the parched ground. Then it recedes and soon the whole countryside, as far as the eye can reach, is covered with Egyptologists.
The X-ray spectrometer opened up a new world. It proved to be a far more powerful method of analysing crystal structure . One could examine the various faces of a crystal in succession, and by noting the angles at which and the intensity with which they reflected the X-rays, one could deduce the way in which the atoms were arranged in sheets parallel to these faces. The intersections of these sheets pinned down the positions of the atoms in space. It was like discovering an alluvial gold field with nuggets lying around waiting to be picked up. It was a glorious time when we worked far into every night with new worlds unfolding before us in the silent laboratory.