continental slope


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continental slope

n.
The steep slope descending from the continental shelf to the continental rise.

continental slope

The sloping region between the continental shelf and the continental rise. The continental slope is typically about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) wide, consists of muds and silts, and is often crosscut by submarine canyons.
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Noun1.continental slope - the steep descent of the seabed from the continental shelf to the abyssal zone
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Macrobenthos of the continental slope off Mejillones Peninsula, northern Chile: results of the Atacama Trench International Expedition (September, 1997).
There was no statistical difference in the sightings per unit of effort (SPUE) of whale sharks between the eastern and western continental slope waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Within the narrow confines of the continental shelf, flesh water from rivers and cold water from coast-hugging currents confront warmer, saltier, deeper water masses near the continental slope.
In summer, bowheads selected continental slope waters and moderate ice conditions; white whales selected slope and basin waters and moderate to heavy ice conditions; and gray whales selected coastal/shoal waters and open water.
Now, a study in the January Geology depicts a striking variation in the steepness and shape of the continental slope around the United States.
Considered as a single block, starting on the Namibia-South Africa border and extending northward along the outer edge of the continental shelf and on the continental slope.
We willdetermine the hydrogeological system, and numerically simulate scenarios of changing fluid flow rates, and how they affect pore pressureto study their potential effect on slope stability along the continental slope offshore Svalbard Archipelago (Norway).
The bigeye chimaera Hydrolagus macro-phthalmus De Buen, 1959; was described from the continental slope of central Chile and the Pacific spookfish Rhinochimaera pacifica (Mitsukuri, 1895), was reported by Pequeno (1989) from the deep continental slope in central Chile.
On the northern continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico, for instance, a process known as "gas washing" fills subsurface petroleum reservoirs with natural gas that flows upward from even deeper reservoirs in the Earth's crust.
Bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins were encountered primarily in continental shelf (<200 m) and continental slope waters (200-2000 m).
Such a tremendous shock could have sent gigantic mudslides down the continental slope and into deeper waters capable of generating a tsunami, Hildebrand explains.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces today the availability of a new two-volume study report, Investigations of Chemosynthetic Communities on the Lower Continental Slope of the Gulf of Mexico.

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