Definition of continental shelf in English:

continental shelf

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noun

  • The area of seabed around a large land mass where the sea is relatively shallow compared with the open ocean. The continental shelf is geologically part of the continental crust: [mass noun]: extensive areas of continental shelf
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    • We live on a small island that stands on the continental shelf, a shallow area of seabed that joins Britain to mainland Europe.
    • The continental shelf is a relatively shallow area of seabed over which a great deal of marine life is found.
    • The continental slope connects the continental shelf and the oceanic crust.

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