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  • Estuary.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • A second shell screeches overhead, and Marie-Laure shrieks, and the chandelier above her head chimes as the shell detonates somewhere across the estuary.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • II The town lay on a broad estuary, its old yellow plastered buildings hugging the beach.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • There to the left of us was the silver streak of the river, widening to the estuary at Kerrith six miles away.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • The shores of North Inlet were as thickly wooded as those of the southern anchorage, but the space was longer and narrower and more like, what in truth it was, the estuary of a river.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • That locality lies a little above Suez in a sound that used to form a deep estuary when the Red Sea stretched as far as the Bitter Lakes.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In time, as air came back into his lungs and warmth around his heart, he loosed the veil, letting it drift away on the estuary downstream to where a white wave took it under and Ino’s hands received it.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It lay very high upon a turfy down, and looking north-eastward before I entered it, I was surprised to see a large estuary, or even creek, where I judged Wandsworth and Battersea must once have been.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • It was difficult to realize his work was not out there in the luminous estuary, but behind him, within the brooding gloom.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • They might have been a solar system of their own, with nothing else in space, as they went round and round among the dunes and coarse grass of the estuary.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • To her right, the muddy, frugal estuary of the Great Magdalena River spread out to the other side of the world.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • It was the only warship in sight, but far away to the right over the smooth surface of the sea—for that day there was a dead calm—lay a serpent of black smoke to mark the next ironclads of the Channel Fleet, which hovered in an extended line, steam up and ready for action, across the Thames estuary during the course of the Martian conquest, vigilant and yet powerless to prevent it.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She would get up in the dark and trundle a borrowed two-wheeled push-cart for two hours across the city to a section called Eba, at the mouth of one of the seven estuarial rivers that branch from the Ota River through Hiroshima.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Even here in mid-Pacific, far from the great estuaries that slowly swept the continents out to sea, that rain never ceased.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • as vapour, mist, cloud, rain, sleet, snow, hail: its strength in rigid hydrants: its variety of forms in loughs and bays and gulfs and bights and guts and lagoons and atolls and archipelagos and sounds and fjords and minches and tidal estuaries and arms of sea: its solidity in glaciers, icebergs, icefloes: its docility in working hydraulic millwheels, turbines, dynamos, electric power stations, bleachworks, tanneries, scutchmills: its utility in canals, rivers, if navigable,
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • In the endless estuarial mingling of paranoia and control, the dossier was an essential device.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • ’There is a village of fisher-folk at the mouth of the Batu Kring branch of the estuary.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • I stayed in radar room and watched, at extreme magnification, while he placed one in estuary between Montevideo and Buenos Aires; Mike could not have been more accurate.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The East River, no river at all but a saltwater estuary nearly a mile wide, was famously difficult to navigate, with swift, contrary currents and tides of as much as six feet.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • One had the sense of a backwater, or rather of an estuary, whose waters flowed in from the invisible sea, and ebbed into a profound silence while the waves without were still beating.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The three launches cast off, sidled into the currentless estuary, and moved forward.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • And he looked upon the huge yellow snake of the river, dreaming of its distant shores, the myriad estuaries lush with tropical growth that fed it, all the romantic life of plantation and canefields that fringed it, of moonlight, of dancing darkies on the levee, of slow lights on the gilded river boat, and the perfumed flesh of black-haired women, musical wraiths below the phantom drooping trees.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • To Old Age I see in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours in the great sea.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Yoyo had been right: the river looked a lot lovelier just this short distance farther away from the estuary.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Across the estuary from the town one section of mangroves stood clear and telescopically defined, while another mangrove clump was a hazy black-green blob.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • But Coyotito - he was the one - he wore a blue sailor suit from the United States and a little yachting cap such as Kino had seen once when a pleasure boat put into the estuary.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • In advance of his approach through long tunnels of dark greenery the birds caught fire in song but were perfectly quiet as he passed directly underneath, so that he propelled and drew their hypnotic chatter before and after him like an ocean wave pushing through an estuary.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Out in the estuary a tight-woven school of small fishes glittered and broke water to escape a school of great fishes that drove in to eat them.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • England was alive, throbbing through all her estuaries, crying for joy through the mouths of all her gulls, and the north wind, with contrary motion, blew stronger against her rising seas.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • They gave ground before the charges, still orderly but giving, and were shepherded along a glade of Sherwood forest—a wide glade like an estuary of grass with trees on either side.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Estuary?
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • The wind of the morning ruffled the water of the estuary and whispered through the mangroves, and the little waves beat on the rubbly beach with an increased tempo.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • A following wind came down from grey-eyed Athena, blowing brisk through heaven, and so steady the cutter lapped up miles of salt blue sea, passing Krounoi abeam and Khalkis estuary at sundown when the sea ways all grew dark.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The sun was hot yellow that morning, and it drew the moisture from the estuary and from the Gulf and hung it in shimmering scarves in the air so that the air vibrated and vision was insubstantial.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Then a thought which came to him — that soon the tide would be running in through the estuaries and his head would be submerged — inspired him to fearful activity; he wriggled and turned and exerted what strength he could (though his left arm, because of the pain in his shoulder, was useless), and before long he had freed himself from the vice.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The Delaware was not so broad at McKonkey’s Ferry as at Trenton or below Trenton, where it became a tidal estuary.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The Nautilus passed the wide estuary formed by the mouth of the Rio de la Plata, and on April 4 we lay abreast of Uruguay, albeit fifty miles out.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • A chain of islands sat broken and massive facing the wide estuary, displayed in a sheet of pale glassy water reflecting faithfully the contour of the shore.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The wind blew freshly into the estuary, a nervous, restless wind with the smell of storm on its breath, and there was change and uneasiness in the air.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Hiroshima was a fan-shaped city, lying mostly on the six islands formed by the seven estuarial rivers that branch out from the Ota River; its main commercial and residential districts, covering about four square miles in the centre of the city, contained three-quarters of its population, which had been reduced by several evacuation programmes from a wartime peak of 380,000 to about 245,000.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • But on April 11 it rose suddenly, and the shore reappeared at the mouth of the Amazon River, a huge estuary whose outflow is so considerable, it desalts the sea over an area of several leagues.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Her memory moved over the ocean-bed of event like a great octopus, blindly but completely feeling its way into every seacave, rill, and estuary, focussed on all she had done, felt and thought, with sucking Pentlandian intentness, for whom the sun shone, or grew dark, rain fell, and mankind came, spoke, and died, shifted for a moment in time out of its void into the Pentlandian core, pattern and heart of purpose.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Among these vessels, how many went down with all hands, with their crews and hosts of immigrants, at these trouble spots so prominent in the statistics: Cape Race, St. Paul Island, the Strait of Belle Isle, the St. Lawrence estuary!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • England was cautioned that impact north of Dover Straits opposite London Estuary would cause disturbances far up Thames; Sovunion was given warning for Sea of Azov and had own grid defined; Great China was assigned grid in Siberia, Gobi Desert, and her far west—with offsets to avoid her historic Great Wall noted in loving detail.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The terns came with their forked tails from the estuary, squeaking away as if intent upon imitating an embarkation scene on the wireless—the white-bottomed wheatears and pipits flitted along beside them from whin to whin—the eagles, peregrines, ravens and chuffs made circles over them in the air— the peat smoke followed them as if anxious to make one last curl in the tips of their nostrils—the ogham stones and sou-terrains and promontory forts exhibited their prehistoric masonry in a
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Some fisherman try their luck in estuaries because of the great fish that can live there.
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