Low-lying alluvial land along the banks of a river.
- The first settlers had chosen the rich alluvial soils of river bottoms as the site of their settlements in preference to the soils of the less accessible prairies, locations that would also place them further from market.
- If the current grew too strong, they would pole the boats upriver or, worse, tow them by hand, struggling against muddy river bottoms and rattlesnake-infested banks.
- In humid regions and low valleys associated with lakes and river bottoms, groundwater may be only a few feet below the soil surface.
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