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Continental Margin

Continental Shelf, The Continental Slope, Submarine Canyons, The Continental Rise

The continental margin is that portion of the ocean that separates the continents from the deep ocean floor. For purposes of study, the continental margin is usually subdivided into three major sections: the continental shelf, the continental slope, and the continental rise. In addition to these sections, one of the most important features of the continental margin is the presence of very large submarine canyons that cut their way through the continental slope and, less commonly, the continental shelf.

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