continental slope


Definition of continental slope

: the comparatively steep slope from a continental shelf to the ocean floor

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On the upper-continental slope, about 80 miles off the coast of Delacroix in the Gulf of Mexico, is a coral reef unlike those found in shallow, tropical waters. Sara Sneath,, "Deep sea coral thrived during periods of sea level rise, study finds," 7 Mar. 2018 One possibility is that extraction could destabilize the sea floor and send sediment tumbling down the continental slope. Natalie Leung, CNN, "Can Japan burn flammable ice for energy?," 31 Oct. 2017

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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