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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION – KEY PHYSICAL PARAMETERS

2.CHARACTERISTIC PHYSICAL PARAMETERS

3.EVIDENCE FOR A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SFR AND THE GAS INFALL RATE
3.1.The gas-consumption timescale
3.2.Relationship between stellar mass, SFR, and gas metallicity
3.3.Relationship between lopsidedness and metallicity
3.4.Metallicity drops in starbursts of local star-forming galaxies
3.5.The traditional G-dwarf problem
3.6.Existence of a minimum metallicity for the star-forming gas
3.7.Origin of a-enhanced gas forming stars in local galaxies
3.8.The metallicity of the quiescent BCD galaxies
3.9.Direct measurement of inflows in star-forming galaxies

4.OBVIOUS COMPLICATIONS AND FUTURE TRENDS

5.CONCLUSIONS

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