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The Mississippi Delta is building because the rate at which sediments are supplied is faster than the combined effect of the rate at which they are removed by waves and currents and the rate the delta area is subsiding. River load is discharged into a variety of depositional environments in the Gulf of Mexico. These environments are inter-related, gradational, and persist both laterally and through some depth of water. Sedimentary deposits being formed in these environments have different lithologic and petrographic characteristics but also are related and gradational. Differences between environmental factors and processes produce the lithologic and petrographic...

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