- found or located in or on a continent: epicontinental minerals; an epicontinental sea.
Origin of epicontinental
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The known deposits all point to shallow waters of epicontinental seas; no abyssal formations have been recognized.
They were epicontinental seas; that is, they rested upon (Greek, epi) the submerged portion of the continental plateau.
The epicontinental sea was shoaled and narrowed, and muds were washed in from the adjacent lands.
- (esp of a sea) situated on a continental shelf or continent
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