continental rise

noun Physical Geography.
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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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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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.
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