Simple Definition of continental shelf
: the part of a continent that lies under the ocean and slopes down to the ocean floor
Full Definition of continental shelf
: a shallow submarine plain of varying width forming a border to a continent and typically ending in a comparatively steep slope to the deep ocean floor
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