• Definition for "continental shelf"
    • A submerged edge of a continent that slopes…
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continental shelf definition

  • noun:
    • A submerged edge of a continent that slopes slowly and extends to a place of steeper descent into the ocean base.
    • the region of ocean around a land size where the depth slowly increases before it plunges into the ocean deeps
    • the reasonably low (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continent
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