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continental rise

noun, Physical Geography
1.
the gently sloping transition between the continental slope and the deep ocean floor, usually characterized by coalescence of submarine alluvial fans.
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  • Then it tapers off into a gentler slope known as the continental rise.
  • We recognize a regional sediment wedge below the upper part of the continental rise.
  • At the base of the slope is the continental rise, which is less steep and quite broad in places.
  • The abyssal plain is the basin floor at the base of the continental rise.
  • Includes the continental shelf, the continental slope, and the continental rise.
  • Meteor headed east for the next station at the bottom of the continental rise.
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continental rise  

A wide, gentle incline from an ocean bottom to a continental slope. A continental rise consists mainly of silts, muds, and sand, and can be several hundreds of miles wide. Although it usually has a smooth surface, it is sometimes crosscut by submarine canyons.
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