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continental margin

noun, Physical Geography
1.
the offshore zone, consisting of the continental shelf, slope, and rise, that separates the dry-land portion of a continent from the deep ocean floor.
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  • Evidence available suggests a link between hydrate instability and occurrence of landslides on the continental margin.
  • Along the continental margin, volcanoes grew, coincident with the initiation of subduction.
Contemporary definitions for continental margin
noun

the offshore zone, consisting of the continental rise, shelf, and slope that separates the land of a continent from the deep ocean floor; the ocean floor from the continental slope to the abyssal plain

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