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Oceans. Chapter 11.1. The Ocean Floor. If you could travel along the floor of the ocean, you would see: The continental shelf The continental slope The abyssal plain The mid-ocean ridge. Shallow Water.

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oceans

Oceans

Chapter 11.1

the ocean floor
The Ocean Floor
  • If you could travel along the floor of the ocean, you would see:
    • The continental shelf
    • The continental slope
    • The abyssal plain
    • The mid-ocean ridge
shallow water
Shallow Water
  • The continental shelf is a gently sloping, shallow area that extends outward from the edge of the continent.
  • The incline beyond the continental shelf is called the continental slope.
open ocean
Open Ocean
  • As you follow the ocean floor, it slopes gradually toward the deep ocean.
  • You will come across a broad area covered with thick layers of mud and slit. This is called the abyssal plain.
  • Much farther in you will find a mountain range called the mid-ocean ridge. This is made up of mountains that wind through the oceans.
deepest depths
Deepest Depths
  • Later you come to a dark gash in the ocean floor. This will be a canyon in the ocean floor called a trench.
  • The trench is so deep that you cannot see the bottom.
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