Articles | Volume 5, issue 3
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 387–397, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-387-2017
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 387–397, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-387-2017

Research article 12 Jul 2017

Research article | 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.