continental rise


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continental rise

n.
A wide, gentle incline from an ocean bottom to a continental slope.

continental rise

A wide, gentle incline from the ocean bottom to the continental slope. The continental rise consists mainly of silts, muds, and sand, and can be several hundreds of miles wide.
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The Abyssopelagic Zone -- also known as The Abyss (for obvious reasons) -- stretches from a depth of 4000 to 6000 meters, where it meets the ocean basin and Continental Rise.
Almost immediately, using conventional hydrography and a novel neutrally buoyant float that John Swallow (UK Institute of Ocean Sciences) had recently invented, Val Worthington (WHOI) and Swallow discovered the "Deep Western Boundary Current" part of the scheme on the Continental Rise south of Cape Cod.
Extending from the beach to the base of the continental rise, continental margin waters are the "ocean" most familiar to Earth's human population.