Definition of epicontinental in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪkɒntɪˈnɛnt(ə)l/


Denoting those areas of sea or ocean overlying the continental shelf.
Example sentences
  • This led, in combination with lower surface-water densities, to a drastic reduction of deep-water formation in low-latitudinal epicontinental areas when a threshold value was reached.
  • This was accompanied by a substantial shrinking of habitable marine shelf area and draining of much of the epicontinental seas.
  • Application of this model to the Maritimes Basin implies that this Westphalian epicontinental sea was connected to the Tethys Ocean by similarly narrow straits.

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