Preface. Writing a Rosetta stone: insights into continental-margin sedimentary processes and strata (Charles A. Nittrouer, James A. Austin Jr, Michael E. Field, Joseph H. Kravitz, James P.M. Syvitski, and Patricia L. Wiberg). Introduction. The boundary conditions. The common threads. Sediment delivery. Sediment alteration. Sediment dispersal system. Seabed failure. Gravity flows. Margin morphology. Margin stratigraphy. Conclusions. Acknowledgements. References. Sediment delivery to the seabed on continental margins (Paul S. Hill, Jason M. Fox, John S. Crockett, Kristian J. Curran, Carl T. Friedrichs, W. Rockwell Geyer, Timothy G. Milligan, Andrea S. Ogston, Pere Puig, Malcolm E. Scully, Peter A. Traykovski, and Robert A. Wheatcroft). Introduction. Review of previous work. Sediment delivery to the Eel margin. Summary and conclusion. Acknowledgements. Nomenclature. References. Post-depositional alteration and preservation of sedimentary strata (Robert A. Wheatcroft, Patricia L. Wiberg, Clark R. Alexander, Samuel J. Bentley, David E. Drake, Courtney K. Harris, and Andrea S. Ogston). Introduction and scope. Consolidation. Physical alteration. Biological alteration. Preservation. Summary. Acknowledgements. Nomenclature. References. Oceanic dispersal and accumulation of river sediment (Christopher K. Sommerfield, Andrea S. Ogston, Beth L. Mullenbach, David E. Drake, Clark R. Alexander, Charles A. Nittrouer, Jeffry C. Borgeld, Robert A. Wheatcroft, and Elana L. Leithold). Introduction. Quantifying sedimentary processes. The northern California margin. Sediment production and coastal delivery. Sediment transort and accumulation. Sedimentation patterns and rates. Sediment budgets of dispersal systems. Conclusions. Acknowledgements. Nomenclature. References. Submarine mass movements on continental margins (Homa J. Lee, Jacques Locat, Priscilla Desgagnes, Jeffrey D. Parsons, Brian G. McAdoo, Daniel L. Orange, Pere Puig, Florence L. Wong, Peter Dartnell, and Eric Boulanger). Introduction. Historic development of understanding. Classification. Environments. Fjords. Active river deltas on the continental shelf. Submarine canyon-fan systems. The open continental slope. Statistics of submarine landslides. Mechanics of slope failure. Pore-water pressure. Sediment mobilization and strength loss. Triggers. Contributions to submarine landslide research from the strataform program. Summary. Acknowledgements. Nomenclature. References. The mechanics of marine sediment gravity flows (Jeffrey. D. Parsons, Carl T. Friedrichs, Peter A. Traykovski, David Mohrig, Jasim Imran, James P.M. Syvitski, Gary Parker, Pere Puig, James L. Buttles, and Marcello H. Garcia). Introduction. Turbidity currents. Debris flows. Wave-supported sediment gravity flows. Origin and transformation of sediment gravity flows. Conclusions. Acknowledgements. List of nomenclature. References. Seascape evolution on clastic continental shelves and slopes (Lincoln F. Pratson, Charles A. Nittrouer, Patricia L. Wiberg, Michael S. Steckler, John B. Swenson, David A. Cacchione, Jeffery A. Karson, A. Bradley Murray, Matthew A. Wolinsky, Thomas P. Gerber, Beth L. Mullenbach, Glenn A. Spinelli, Craig S. Fulthorpe, Damian B. O'Grady, Gary Parker, Neal W. Driscoll, Robert L. Burger, Christopher Paola, Daniel L. Orange, Michael E. Field, Carl T. Friedrichs, and Juan J. Fedele). Introduction. Background. Processes governing shelf width and slope relief. Processes that form the shelf profile. Processes that act to limit the slope of the continental slope. Processes that create submarine canyons and slope gullies. Future research. Acknowledgments. References. The long-term stratigraphic record on continental margins (Gregory S. Mountain, Robert L. Burger, Heike Delius, Craig S. Fulthorpe, James A. Austin, David S. Goldberg, Michael S. Steckler, Cecilia M. McHugh, Kenneth G. Miller, Donald H. Monteverde, Daniel L. Orange, and Lincoln F. Pratson). Introduction. Analysing the long-term record. The Eel River basin. The New Jersey margin. Summary. Acknowledgements. References. Prediction of margin stratigraphy (James P.M. Syvitski, Lincoln F. Pratson, Patricia L. Wiberg, Michael S. Steckler, Marcelo H. Garcia, W. Rockwell Geyer, Courtney K. Harris, Eric W.H. Hutton, Jasim Imran, Homa J. Lee, Mark D. Morehead, and Gary Parker). Introduction. Component sed-strat modules. Integrated models. Seismic models. The way forward. Acknowledgements. Nomenclature. References. Index.