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Deepwater depositional systems are in most cases ultimately fed by rivers that deliver sediment from the hinterland to the continental margin. Fluvial systems therefore provide the link between processes that control sediment supply to the margin and processes that control dispersal to deepwater. This paper reviews controls on fluvial sediment supply to the shelf-margin staging area over time scales of 106 yr or less.

General controls on fluvial sediment discharge to the coastal oceans are reasonably well known: the newly published global database and empirical model of Syvitski and Milliman (2007) shows that geologic factors of drainage area,...

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