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Two end-member classes of sediment distribution systems on topographically complex slopes are distinguished here: (a) cascades of silled sub-basins, and (b) connected tortuous corridors. In the first scenario a process of filling and spilling of successive silled sub-basins down a slope occurs. For each sub-basin a sill tends to hinder further downslope flow of at least the basal sandy portions of sediment gravity flows until deposition reduces the relief sufficiently to allow spill down-slope. Spill is associated with incision in the sill. In the connected tortuous corridors scenario, flows avoid bathymetric obstacles, but follow a (laterally confined)...

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