Definition of bathyal in English:


Line breaks: bathy¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈbaθɪəl


  • Relating to the zone of the sea between the continental shelf and the abyssal zone.
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    • In contrast, the many shale layers seem to be poor in macrofossils largely because they were deposited at depth below the photic zone (upper bathyal depth) as indicated by benthic foraminifera.
    • Wherever the Valle Group is exposed, it has been interpreted as a clastic, marine, sedimentary sequence that includes turbidite, submarine-fan complexes deposited in water depths ranging from outer neritic to bathyal.
    • After a short erosion interval, rapid subsidence started to produce contemporaneous neritic limestone and shallow bathyal marl again.

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