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The steep slope descending from the continental shelf to the continental rise.
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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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|Noun||1.||continental slope - the steep descent of the seabed from the continental shelf to the abyssal zone|
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