A recently proposed model postulates that a basin separating a carbonate from an adjacent terrigenous clastic depocenter is a consequence of the neighboring depocenters rather than a precondition for their coexistence. A test of the model is provided by comparison with the well-studied carbonate-terrigenous clastic transition of the United States Coastal Plain. In general, the model is substantiated, although deviations caused by changes in sea level, terrigenous clastic input, and tectonism are noted.

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