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Continental/Island Shelf (Physiographic Setting)

Component: Physiographic Setting

Unique Identifier: 44

Physiographic Setting Continental/Island Shelf

Definition That part of the continental margin that is between the shoreline and the continental slope (or a depth or 200 meters when there is no noticeable continental slope); it is characterized by its very gentle slope of 0.1°. Island shelves are analogous to the continental shelves, but surround islands.