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Although lowstands of sea level greatly favor the development of deep-sea fan systems, the timing and type of turbidite events in these systems may depend not only on the sea-level changes but also on the nature of available sediments, tectonic setting, size, and gradients of the basins. Thus, in basins with steep gradients, located on continental or transitional crust or along active margins close to sedimentary sources that could supply coarse-grained sediments, unchannelled turbidite sand lobes detached from updip channels or valleys might have been deposited during lowstands of sea level. Channel-attached sand lobes and channel levee complexes might...

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