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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. Unabridged
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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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