Is there more sediment washed into the Pacific or Atlantic oceans?



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    From my academic experience, I would say that more sedimentary deposits end up in the Atlantic Ocean. The reason for this is because the Pacific Ocean is relatively old, in geologic time. So when the waves hit the rocks in the Atlantic Ocean, they hit hard and violent. If you have ever been to the east coast and then to the west coast, you will notice the different sandy textures, as well as the different ocean temperatures. Now this may not seem important but it is evidence of the oceanic ages. The sand composition on the Pacific coast is generally smaller, as it has experience longer transport and erosion. On the East coast, the sand grains are larger and coarser-graded because they have had less time to travel and experience change. To answer your question, there is more sediment deposition in the Atlantic Ocean.

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