continental slope

continental slope
noun Date: 1900 the comparatively steep slope from a continental shelf to the ocean floor

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  • continental slope — Physical Geog. a steep slope separating a continental shelf and a deep ocean basin. [1905 10] * * * Seaward border of a continental shelf. The world s combined continental slope is about 200,000 mi (300,000 km) long and descends at an average… …   Universalium

  • continental slope — noun the steep descent of the seabed from the continental shelf to the abyssal zone • Syn: ↑bathyal zone, ↑bathyal district • Hypernyms: ↑ocean floor, ↑sea floor, ↑ocean bottom, ↑seabed, ↑sea …   Useful english dictionary

  • continental slope — /ˌkɒntənɛntəl ˈsloʊp/ (say .kontuhnentuhl slohp) noun Geology the marked slope running from the edge of the continental shelf to the ocean floor …  

  • continental slope — the steeply sloping sea bottom from 200 to 2000 metres (or 100 300 m to 1400 3200 m) and 3 6°C. Average angle of slope is 4° with a maximum about 20° near the upper margin …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • continental slope — Region of the outer edge of a continent between the generally shallow continental shelf and the deep ocean floor, usually demarcated by the 200 m isobath …   Fisheries — dictionary

  • continental slope — noun The steep, narrow fringe separating the coastal zone from the deep ocean …   Wiktionary

  • continental shelf — n. a submerged shelf of land that begins at a continental shoreline, slopes downward gradually at an angle of about 0.1° for a variable distance, and ends at the top of a much steeper downward slope (continental slope) at an angle of about 3° to… …   English World dictionary

  • continental — 1818 as a purely geographical term, from CONTINENT (Cf. continent) + AL (Cf. al) (1). In reference to the European mainland (as opposed to Great Britain), recorded from 1760. Continental breakfast (the kind eaten on the continent as opposed to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Continental shelf — Marine habitats Anatomy of a continental shelf off the south eastern coast of the United States Littoral zone Intertidal zone …   Wikipedia

  • Continental margin —   Sediment   …   Wikipedia

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