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continental slope

noun, Physical Geography.
1.
a steep slope separating a continental shelf and a deep ocean basin.
Origin of continental slope
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
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continental slope  
The sloping region between a continental shelf and a continental rise. A continental slope is typically about 20 km (12.4 mi) wide, consists of muds and silts, and is often crosscut by submarine canyons.
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