What happens to the sediment that flows into the oceans from rivers?



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    Sediment which is carried from rivers to the ocean gets deposited usually right before the river itself reaches the ocean. This is due to the fact that the water’s flow slows down as it reaches the ocean. This is usually referred to as the deposition zone, as there are 3 zones of a river, an accumulation zone where sediment accumulates upstream, a transfer zone mid river where the flow of the river transports this material, and a deposition zone where the flow of the river slows to where the sediment is deposited. Sediment is deposited at or around the delta. It has the potential to create new land, which can be seen in any picture of Louisiana where the Mississippi River reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The land follows the river outward to the ocean.

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