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Lower Eocene shelf-slope clinoforms are exposed in 1 × 10 km mountainside outcrops in the Central Tertiary Basin, Spitsbergen. Where clinoforms are sand-prone they include a deepwater sand complex. Submarine fans represent an early, basin-floor aggradational phase of clinoform growth, whereas later growth of the same clinoform involves a phase of shelf-margin accretion. Individual fans, within stacked series, can be distinguished when traced towards the slope, where a thickening wedge of mudstones separates successive fan bodies. The sand-prone parts of basin-floor fans are some 15–60 m thick and extend into the basin by up to 10–12 km. The lower...

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