The Continental Rise
Sediments eroded off continental land, after being carried across the shelf and down the continental slope, are finally deposited at the base of the slope in a region of the ocean known as the continental rise. By some estimates, half of all the sediments laid down on the face of the planet are found in the continental rise.
In many regions, the continental rise looks very much like a river delta such as the one found at the mouth of the Mississippi River. In fact, these underwater deltas may also include a network of channels and natural levees similar to those found in the area of New Orleans. One of the most thoroughly studied sections of the continental rise is the Amazon Cone located northeast of the coast of Brazil. The Amazon Cone has a total width of about 30 mi (50 km) and a depth of about 1,000 ft (300 m). It is bisected by a primary channel that is 800 ft (250 m) deep and as much as 2 mi (3 km) wide.
See also Ocean zones.
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