The relatively thin part of the earth’s crust which underlies the ocean basins. It is geologically young compared with the continental crust and consists of basaltic rock overlain by sediments.
- In contrast to the continental crust, the oceanic crust is young, thin, and chemically magnesium-rich.
- Enormous pressures are produced in this region, for the continental crust and the oceanic crust are moving toward each other.
- The continental slope connects the continental shelf and the oceanic crust.
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