Contourites (sediments deposited or substantially reworked by the persistent action of bottom currents) have been associated with the contours of continental margins from the earliest days of marine geology. Observations from the beginning of marine 2D seismic-reflection profiling revealed the scale and extent of large and mysteriously large depositional and erosional features. While often regarded as a purely academic area of interest, the further advent of regional-scale high-resolution 3D seismic-reflection data has shed light on the variety of source mechanisms and range of deposits that form from water masses and associated oceanographic processes. The implications from these processes and interactions...

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