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Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 387-397, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-387-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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12 Jul 2017
Efficient retention of mud drives land building on the Mississippi Delta plain
Christopher R. Esposito et al.

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Our work presents a novel method of measuring the capacity of deltaic landforms to trap and retain river-borne sediments, and we demonstrate that sediment retention is closely connected to sedimentary composition. Our results, supported by a unique high-resolution coring dataset in a major crevasse splay, show that finer sediments are a much larger component of the Mississippi Delta than is often acknowledged and that their abundance indicates exceptionally high rates of sediment retention.
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