continental shelfnoun [ C usually singular ]uk /ˌkɒn.tɪ.nen.təl ˈʃelf/ us /ˌkɑːn.t̬ən.en.t̬əl ˈʃelf/ specialized
Examples from literature
- If this action operated alone, the subtraction which the friction makes would cause the surf waves which roll in over a continental shelf to be very low, probably in height less than half that which they now attain.
- Near the coast line the effect of the waves is continually to shove the detritus up the slopes of the continental shelf.
- Our line of soundings showed the transition from the ocean depths to the continental shelf.
- The continental shelf is simply a submerged plateau surrounding all the continent, the "Big Lead" marking the northern edge of that shelf where it dips into the polar sea.