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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Drilling in oceanic deposits could destabilise the seabed, causing vast swathes of sediment to slide for miles down the continental slope.
The Aphroditidae Malmgren, 1867 comprises nine genera widely distributed in the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans (Fauvel, 1932; Hutchings & McRae, 1993; Leon-Gonzalez et al., 2009), with most individuals inhabiting mud or gravel substrate of intertidal zones, continental slope and deep waters (Hutchings & McRae, 1993; Rouse & Pleijel, 2001).
In the deeper waters of the EBS outer shelf and upper continental slope, skate diversity increases as other species, such as the Aleutian skate (B.
Between March 1995 and March 2015, a total of 8,818 conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) profiles were collected on the shelf and on the continental slope along the entire Angolan coast (Fig.
The sanctuary is about 100 miles south of Texas, and researchers theorize the juvenile manta rays congregate there to warm their bodies after visiting the cold, deep waters off the continental slope. Those deep waters are home to some zooplankton that are favored food for the mantas.
Beluga whales were overwhelmingly associated with continental slope habitat (201-2000 m depth) in all months.
Cephalopod mollusks live from nearshore to the continental slope and into the deep benthic and pelagic zones, with many of the more than 800 cephalopod species being commercially harvested [1-5].
The intrusion grew out of a phenomenon called a warm core ring: a rotating current that eventually pinched off from the Gulf Stream and headed onto the shallower continental slope.
To demonstrate some applications of the constructed maps of various coefficients of Gardner's equation, we consider the process of the formation of internal waves from the baroclinic internal tide in typical conditions of the northeastern shelf of Sakhalin and the adjacent continental slope in the winter (January) and summer (July) seasons.
Researchers hauled them up from Australia's continental slope but preserved them in fluids that shrank tissues and damaged DNA, making genetic analysis impossible.

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