The continental slope as a big slide / May 12

After a brief introduction into the variety of gravity-driven downslope and current-related contour-parallel sediment transport processes under our representational CCU canopy, we walked on a Paleozoic continental slope at Lake Chilhowee. Literally, the pebbly mudstone deposits incised their channels into sandy debris flow beds just in front of our eyes. What a challenge to interpret the origin of the different types of clasts swimming in the sandy matrix: rounded quartz pebbles from a paleo-beach, broken carbonate rocks from a nearby carbonate platform, shales from the upper continental slope. How to distinguish turbidites from contourite deposits? How to separate folding as a result of syn-sedimentary slope creeping from tectonic activity?