Integrated Continental Margin Research to benefit ocean and Earth sciences

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Abstract

Operating at the boundary between marine and terrestrial environments, continental-margin sedimentation is controlled by processes occurring both in the sea and on land. Because continental-margin deposits have high rates of sediment accumulation and potentials for geological preservation, they provide a high-resolution record of Earth history. Interpreting this record is difficult because of the diversity and variability of processes that concurrently influence margin sedimentation, such as fluctuations in sea level, sediment supply, tectonic activity, and oceanic processes.

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