Learning the facts of floodplains

Low-lying areas near rivers have attracted human settlement for centuries. Daren Gooddy examines evidence from a study of the Thames floodplain and suggests that legacy landfills could put the functioning of these vital ecosystems at risk

A three-year study of a floodplain near Oxford conducted a chemical analysis of 28 sites (credit: British Geological Survey)
A three-year study of a floodplain near Oxford conducted a chemical analysis of 28 sites (credit: British Geological Survey)

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