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Summary

This animation presents a coastal relief, with a river carrying sediments that arrive in the ocean at a delta. It illustrates sedimentation of particles at the continental margin: continental plateau, continental talus and abyssal plain.

Sedimentation at the continental margin is primarily terrigenous, meaning that the material derives from the erosion of continents.

Learning goals

  • To understand how sedimentary particles resulting from erosion of soils end up in the ocean.
  • To understand the origin of the submarine relief that borders the continents (the passive continental margin).
  • To understand the evolution of a landscape (model of a landscape) under the action of water (agent of transport).

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