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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The main steering committee for extending the continental shelf project (which comprises a number of organisations) has appointed a consultancy company to help in carrying out the necessary maritime surveys that included seismic surveys for the study area, in addition to carrying out surveys for the depths and collection of rock samples.
20, which calls on developed countries to coastal and island regions in the preparation of the information supporting the request for extension of the continental shelf.
In an attempt to allay concerns, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano argued that the Philippines did not file a diplomatic protest against the US when Benham Rise was named after American admiral Andrew Benham, who discovered the continental shelf.
It added when the continental shelf extends beyond 200 nautical miles, a coastal State is required under Article 76 of the Unclos to make submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, which will set out the coordinates of the outer limits of the shelf accompanied by technical and scientific data to support the claim.
Filipino law says that research can be done in the continental shelf and in certain marine areas for as long as there is a Filipino on board, (a) Filipino scientist, and for as long as all findings, data, research are shared,' Cayetano added.
The edge of the continental shelf is a key location where nutrient-rich water upwells to the surface, stimulating the growth of the tiny plants and animals that form the basis of the food web," said Glen Gawarkiewicz, a physical oceanographer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
In a letter to the UN in April, Turkey said it will not allow foreign companies to conduct unauthorised hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activity on its continental shelf.
Following the acquisition, DNO returns to the North Sea with stakes in 11 exploration and appraisal licenses, of which seven are on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and four on the UK Continental Shelf.
extend the borders of its continental shelf as the project has made considerable progress
This book seeks to clarify the role of other States in cases of Rule 46 disputes at every stage of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) submission procedure.
This is a historic occasion for Argentina because we've made a huge leap in the demarcation of the exterior limit of our continental shelf," said Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra.
Continental shelf of a coastal state is the natural prolongation of its land territory in to the sea.

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