Global changes in sea level, primarily the results of tectonism and glaciation, control deep-sea sedimentation. During periods of low sea level the frequency of turbidity currents is greatly increased. Episodes of low sea level also cause vigorous contour currents, which winnow away the fines of turbidites. In the rock record, the occurrence of most turbidites and winnowed turbidites closely corresponds to global lowstands of paleo–sea level. This observation may be useful in predicting the occurrence of deep-sea reservoir facies in the geologic record.

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