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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ii) a line delineated in accordance with paragraph 7 by reference to fixed points not more than 60 nautical miles from the foot of the continental slope.
This cold water was actually coming up the continental slope from several hundred feet beneath the warm Gulf Stream.
A single stomach was from the continental slope south of Georges Bank.
The deployment of Australia's commitment of 50 Argo robotic floats per year is on track, more national moorings are being dropped on the Continental Shelf and Continental Slope, and underwater gliders have increased their technical capability.
He will take part in the collection of new geophysical surveys from across the seas' shelf and continental slope, as well as the recovery of sediment cores from the sea bed, before returning to Wales in April.
According to the convention on the law of the sea, applicant states may register their rights by "establishing the foot of the continental slope, by meeting the requirements stated for the thickness of sedimentary rocks.
The researchers discovered that the whales congregated close to a steep and canyoned continental slope, six to 10 miles south-east of Chichijima Island.
Furthermore, one bolivinid, Bolivina subaenariensis, has been identified with muddy, high-carbon sediments on the northern Florida continental slope by Sen Gupta et al.
Exclusive Economic Zone and half are outside; all are separated from the continental slope by waters from 2,900 to about 5,000 m in depth.
Since 1997, there has been renewed interest in the search for petroleum on the continental shelf and continental slope off Guyana.

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