Mechanical analyses of Recent sediments in western Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, indicate negative skewness for sediments from beaches, littoral zone, tidal inlets, and tidal deltas, dominantly positive skewness for sheltered-lagoon sediments, and local variations in skewness sign where sediments are intermittently winnowed. As a reproducible parameter, skewness sign should be applicable to studies of Recent sediments elsewhere and, with other criteria, to interpretation of paleoenvironments.

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