noun, Physical Geography.
the offshore zone, consisting of the continental shelf, slope, and rise, that separates the dry-land portion of a continent from the deep ocean floor.
the offshore zone, consisting of the continental rise, shelf, and slope that separates the land of a continent from the deep ocean floor; the ocean floor from the continental slope to the abyssal plain
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- Continental rift
continental rift A long, narrow fissure in the Earth marking a zone of the lithosphere that has become thinner due to extensional forces associated with plate tectonics. Continental rifts are thousands of kilometers in length and hundreds of kilometers in width, and they are associated with normal faults and with grabens.
noun, Physical Geography. 1. the gently sloping transition between the continental slope and the deep ocean floor, usually characterized by coalescence of submarine alluvial fans. continental rise A wide, gentle incline from an ocean bottom to a continental slope. A continental rise consists mainly of silts, muds, and sand, and can be several hundreds of […]