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continental slope

n.
The steep slope descending from the continental shelf to the continental rise.
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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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Continental slopes are particularly important due to the topographic and hydrographic gradients, and are considered areas of dynamic tension (Merrett & Haedrich, 1997).
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In Costa Rica, 23 species occur from sea level up to 1700 m on both continental slopes (DeVries 1987).
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This cold and dark world of continental slopes, mid-basin ridges and ocean floor plains is in need of advocates--more people, scientists and governments willing to show their hand for 'the silent deep' as Tony Koslow describes it, and support the precautionary principle of conservation.

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