high, and is connected by a narrow strip of marshland with the shore.
The surface is generally flat, and there is much marshland in its southern part, and along its north-eastern shore.
The site chosen consisted of an expanse of marshland through which the Stour flowed as an insignificant stream.
The work was carried out in the years 174 6 - 1 753, a large tract of marshland being brought under cultivation, a considerable detour cut off, and the main stream successfully confined to the canal, 12 M.
Along the west coast extends the "Marshland," a belt of rich alluvial soil formed by the deposits of the North Sea, and varying in breadth from 5 to 15 m.