continental shelf


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continental shelf

continental shelf

n.
A submerged border of a continent that slopes gradually and extends to a point of steeper descent to the ocean bottom.

continental shelf

n
(Physical Geography) the sea bed surrounding a continent at depths of up to about 200 metres (100 fathoms), at the edge of which the continental slope drops steeply to the ocean floor

con′tinen′tal shelf′


n.
the part of a continent that is submerged in relatively shallow sea.
[1940–45]
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continental shelf

continental shelf

The part of the edge of a continent covered by shallow ocean waters and extending to the steep slopes that descend into the deep part of the ocean.

continental shelf

A shallow sea bed; the submerged edge of a continent.
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Noun1.continental shelf - the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continentcontinental shelf - the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continent
Translations
إفْريز قارّي
континентален шелф
plataforma continental
kontinentální šelf
kontinentalsokkelfastlandssokkel
FestlandssockelKontinentalplatteKontinentalschelfKontinentalsockelSchelf
mandrilavašelf
mannerjalustamannermaajalusta
מדף יבשתי
epikontinentalni pojas
kontinentális pad
paparan benua
landgrunn
大陸棚
kontinentinis atabradasšelfas
continentaal plat
półka kontynentalnaszelf kontynentalny
plataforma continental
platformă continentală
okraj kontinentu zaplavený morom
континентална полицашелф
kontinentalsockel
kıta sahanlığı
континентальний шельф
thềm lục địa

continent1

(ˈkontinənt) noun
1. one of the great divisions of the land surface of the world – Europe, America, Australia, Asia or Africa.
2. Europe excluding Britain. We are going to the continent for our holidays.
ˌcontiˈnental (-ˈnen-) adjective
continental breakfast
a light breakfast of rolls and coffee.
continental shelf noun
the part of a continent that is under a relatively shallow sea.
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It is important to realize the differences between the scientific definition of the continental shelf (gently sloping submerged marginal zone of the continents extending from shore to an abrupt increase in bottom inclination) and the above legal definition, which includes the continental margin and can include parts of the deep ocean floor (Fig.
Atlantic Continental Shelf is primarily gas-prone but it is certainly possible that deeper drilling may confirm the presence of untested sub-salt formations that could boost the oil and gas potential substantially--as it is now doing oft the coast of Brazil.
Its Director General, Dr Muhammed Ahmad, said this to State House correspondents in Abuja after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress being made on the project and the challenges coming from the United Nations Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf.
Earlier in the day, Russia submitted a revised application to the United Nations, seeking the expansion of its Arctic shelf border through the inclusion of the Lomonosov Ridge and other sections of the Arctic Ocean seafloor that have continental shelf properties.
The United Nations' Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) accepted Pakistan's claim for extension of its continental shelf limits (sea limits) from 200 nautical miles to 350 nautical miles.
Other current projects for Statoil include Wood Group Kenny's detail design for the Edvard Grieg oil and gas export pipelines, and Wood Group Mustang's concept selection studies for the Krafla facility for the Norwegian continental shelf.
The survey to determine the submarine limits of the continental shelf was completed in 2003 with the assistance of the Brazilian navy.
The Canadian government in December 2013 filed before the United Nations an application regarding the outer limits of its continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.
BSNC determined that a basic deepwater port and man-camp at Port Ciarence could be operational within four years of an oil and gas industry decision to pursue resource development of Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf.
The Note Verbale, dated April 10, 2014, to the Secretary General of the United Nations, concerns the submission of the geographical coordinates of what Turkey considers to be its own continental shelf and the continental shelf of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state, which is only recognised by the neighbouring country.
We have recently seen a number of announcements of significant levels of investment in the UK continental shelf.
John Baird said the government has asked scientists to work on a future submission to the United Nations claiming that the outer limits of the country's continental shelf include the pole, which so far has been claimed by no one.

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