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Abstract

This section of the short course will deal primarily with the processes of deposition responsible for developing the various depositional environments within the delta plain and will attempt to characterize some of the internal structures of the deposits. Because of the data base available, the vast majority of the data will be drawn from the modern Mississippi River delta. The major environments described are as follows:

  • Subaerial Delta Plain

    1. Distributary Channel Fill

    2. Interdistributary Bay

    3. Marsh Environment

    4. Crevasse Splays and Bay Fills

  • Subaqueous Deltaic Environments

    1. Distributary-Mouth Bar

    2. Distal Bar

    3. Prodelta Clays

    4. Offshore Slump Deposits

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