Continental margins are the focus of intense attention by academics and industry for a number of reasons; they are a key region for the exploitation of marine resources, notably hydrocarbons, and can be a source of hazards such as slides and slumps and can also provide unparalleled records of climatic and tectonic change. Margins represent the transition between the oceanic and the coastal, both in terms of hydrography and geologically. Shorelines are among the most highly populated zones of the world and yet perversely the most vulnerable to environmental change. It is surprising, given all this, that the processes operating...

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