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The architecture of alluvial suites is governed by a variety of autocyclic and allocyclic mechanisms that work in concert. Careful evaluation of source lithologies, climatic conditions, and tectonic setting must be combined with sedimentologic analysis of three-dimensional exposures of fluvial rocks to rigorously determine controls on the architecture of individual sequences. Consequently, although study of alluvial architecture is a potentially effective and important means of elucidating the depositional and tectonic history of continental basins, there are few well documented field studies.

The lower Eocene Willwood Formation of Wyoming and the Plio-Pleistocene Glenns Ferry Formation of Idaho offer contrasting examples...

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