epicontinental sea

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ep·i·con·ti·nen·tal sea

A usually large, shallow sea that usually projects inland into a continent. Also called epeiric sea.
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In other words, they must have lived in an epicontinental sea -an extensive but shallow salt water mass-, and it is therefore possible that this area was used as a breeding ground," he concludes.
In the Early and Middle Ordovician the western part of the East European Platform as far as the Moscow Syneclise was slowly subsiding and covered by a shallow epicontinental sea with comparatively weak bathymetric differentiation.
At the time of deposition, the present-day Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Tristate region of Laurentia was covered by a shallow epicontinental sea.
The Mjosa Limestone formed during the middle Late Ordovician (Late Caradoc) at the western margin of the extensive early Palaeozoic epicontinental sea of Baltoscandia (Opalinski & Harland 1980).
It is notable that the main part of the Upper Yangtze region appears to be covered by a relatively flat and shallow epicontinental sea, which provided the palaeogeographic setting for the deposition of the very thin Kuanyinchiao Beds with the widely distributed Hirnantia shelly fauna.
In the Middle Ordovician and early Late Ordovician, the western part of the East European Platform was covered by a shallow, epicontinental sea and was slowly subsiding.