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The significance of submarine mass movement on most continental margins is now well established in the scientific literature. The resultant sedimentary deposits have been called by many names, but will be hereafter termed mass-transport deposits (MTDs) for this publication. Such deposits are distinctive in deepwater depositional systems, most commonly due to their large size, distinctive morphology, and chaotic internal character. Recently, regional overviews have identified a number of margins around the world where MTDs are commonly observed on or near the seafloor across much of the continental slope (e.g., Weaver et al., 2000; Evan et al., 2005; Posamentier and Walker, 2006, Huhnerbach et al., 2008; Lee, 2009; Twichell et al. 2009; Boyd et al., 2010). Equally as common, but documented mostly on an areally smaller scale, MTDs have been reported to be a substantial component of the near-surface stratigraphic record in at least a few basins (e.g., Newton et al., 2004; Moscardelli et al., 2006; Posamentier and Walker, 2006; Giles et al., 2010).

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