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Shelf-edge deltas are the main driver for the delivery of sediment to the deep water lowstand systems tracts. However, the mere presence of deltas at the shelf margin does not guarantee accumulation of deep-water sands. The two main reasons for this are: (1) deltas that develop at the shelf edge during relative sea-level fall generally need to be significantly incised by their own distributaries for sand delivery to be focused down to a basin-floor fan system, and (2) deltas that develop when sea level is rising (late lowstand) tend to be inefficient sand-delivery systems, and disperse sand mainly onto...

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