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Great storms originating in both tropical and extratropical regions represent upper limits in the continuum of physical forces that affect sedimentation in shallow marine basins. The energy expended and sediment transported during a few storm hours may equal many years of non-storm work, or they may surpass thresholds unequaled by less energetic processes; consequently, the volume of storm sediment preserved in the basin fill is disproportionate to the frequency of these convulsive events.

Storms can produce large geomorphic features and exaggerated bedforms, especially on low-energy coasts and adjacent shelves where they commonly exert their greatest influence. During peak intensity, combined...

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