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The Texas Gulf Coastal Plain consists of a series of low-gradient, fan-shaped alluvial plains emanating from each major river valley. The majority of alluvial plain surfaces have been mapped as Pleistocene Beaumont Formation or younger unnamed strata, and interpreted to represent eustatically-controlled deposition during the oxygen isotope stage 5 and modern interglacial highstands. Reevaluation of preexisting data combined with reexamination of Beaumont and younger strata of the Colorado River suggests the stratigraphic and geochronologic framework needs revision, and processes of alluvial plain deposition are more complex than previous interpretations have inferred. As a result, Beaumont and younger strata provide...

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