chenier plain

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Area of marine aggradation consisting of sandy ridges (cheniers) separated by clay-rich depressions. Occasionally the ridges may be vegetated, as on the Gulf Coast of the USA. Chenier plains may be large: that on the north coast of S. America is about 2 250 km long and up to 30 km wide.

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