Cosmic Strings are one-dimensional topological defects that may be formed in the early universe during a phase transition, and which may be the source of all inhomogeneities in our universe. Their mass per unit length, μ, gives us a dimensionless parameter, μ6 ≡ 106
2, which must be of order unity for strings to seed galaxy formation. Results to date from the ongoing CfA redshift survey suggest that galaxies are distributed on two-dimensional surfaces, whose typical separation is about 50h
−1 Mpc. The loop distribution is unlikely to imprint such large-scale patterns in the galaxy positions so we have examined whether this structure could be caused by infinite strings. Because an infinite string typically moves at a substantial fraction of the speed of light, it will leave behind a very large accretion wake in the ambient medium. Gravitational instablity causes these wakes to continue to accrete matter long after the string has moved elsewhere. These wakes form around the two-dimensional surfaces swept out by the long strings.