continental slope


noun Physical Geography.

a steep slope separating a continental shelf and a deep ocean basin.

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Origin of continental slope

First recorded in 1905–10
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Scientific definitions for continental slope

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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