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In north Taranaki, New Zealand, spectacular examples of deep-water mass-transport deposits (MTDs) are exposed in coastal cliffs and imaged in nearby offshore seismic reflection data. The MTDs are Late Miocene (Tortonian) in age, and lie within successively overlying successions of volcaniclastic sandstone-dominated basin-floor turbidites (Mohakatino Formation), epiclastic sandstone- and siltstone-dominated basin-floor turbidites (Mount Messenger Formation), and siltstone-dominated slope deposits (Urenui Formation).

Seismic-scale MTDs are exposed north of Awakino River and also between the Mohakatino and Tongaporutu river mouths. These MTDs incorporate a range of original deep-water lithofacies that subsequently have been dramatically deformed into highly chaotic packages during re-emplacement...

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