They could not understand that I have not the necessary qualifications for it--the kind of good-natured, fussy shallowness necessary for the position.
The navigation, however, is considerably impeded by the shallowness of the river.
Ripple marks and current bedding further point to the shallowness of the water at the places where the rocks were made.
Owing to the shallowness of the harbour large vessels cannot enter, but there is an important coasting trade, despite the dangerous character of the coast-line and the prevalence of fogs and gales.
This upheaval - the consequences of which have been felt even within the historic period, by the drainage of the formerly impracticable marshes of Novgorod and at the head of the Gulf of Finland - together with the destruction of forests (which must be considered, however, as a quite subordinate cause), contributes towards a decrease of precipitation over Russia and towards increased shallowness of her rivers.