At the Castle Creek study area a superbly exposed continental-slope channel-complex set of the Isaac Formation termed ICC1 crops out. ICC1 is 220 m thick and exposed over 5 km parallel to bedding and consists of four vertically stacked channel complexes—lower channel complex (LC), and three upper channel complexes (termed UC1–UC3). Based on differences in lithological and textural makeup, and stratal trends, two styles of channel fill and stacking pattern are recognized—disorganized stack of bottom-up channel fills (LC, UC1, and UC2), and organized lateral-offset stack of laterally accreting channel fills (UC3). Bottom-up channel fills show an upward and axis-to-margin fining and thinning, and were filled by poorly sorted, density-stratified flows. In contrast, channel fills of UC3 exhibit negligible upward and lateral fining and thinning and were filled by flows enriched in coarse and very coarse sand and were only negligibly stratified in their lower part. Accordingly, the lower, depositionally important part of the flow had a plug-like density profile with limited overspill that caused circulation patterns in channel bends to resemble those in rivers. Notably, the grain-size makeup of late-stage channel fills of UC3 indicates a change in the makeup of the sediment supply, namely grain size and sorting. Note that this systematic upward change in sediment texture and channel type is observed in most (5 of 8) Isaac slope channel-complex sets at the Castle Creek study area. These changes reflect a change from hinterland- to shelf-dominated sediment supply interpreted to be associated with a long-term rise of relative sea level that progressively expanded continental-shelf accommodation and retention of coarse relict and palimpsest sediment. During short-term relative sea-level falls this increasingly voluminous source of coarse, moderately well-sorted siliciclastic and minor carbonate sediment eventually came to dominate the supply of coarse sediment to the shelf edge, and in turn, controlled the character of turbidity currents that remobilized sediment farther down the continental slope and possibly onto the basin floor.

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