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"River: Orion"

A young man approached Barry after a lecture at the University of Notre Dame and asked why the compendium of landscape terms Barry and his wife had created with 45 other writers didn't include an entry on "River." Barry explained that other terms in Home Groundof components of a river, like "ox-bow," "pool and riffle," "thalweg," and "back eddy" were meant to carry a sense of what a "river" is, but the question continued to bother Barry. He eventually wrote this definition of the word "River."