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Sediment en route to oblivion

Sudden collapses of the sea floor can generate oceanic sediment flows that dwarf the global annual sediment input from rivers. Such flows can travel great distances, and undergo transformation along the way.

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Figure 1: Ocean bathymetry off the northwest coast of Africa.

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