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Shape of the Ocean Bottom

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Nicholas Berdahl

on 6 September 2012

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Transcript of Shape of the Ocean Bottom

The ocean bottom has physical features
called BATHYGRAPHIC FEATURES At the edge of each continent is a
Continental Shelf. Some continental slopes have
Submarine Canyons. The canyons are aligned with river systems on land. In the submarine canyons there are swift avalanches
of sediment and water that erode a slope as they swoop down and pick up speed called turbidity currents. The floor of the ocean basin cover slightly more of Earth's surface than the continents.

At the bottom of these basins there are abyssal plains which extend from the seaward side of a continental slope and are formed by turbidity currents.
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