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Unformatted text preview: ; continental slope has the steepest slope, and the abyssal plain is the flattest. * Submarine canyons are V-shaped indentation incised into the continental shelf and slope, of-ten terminating on the deep-sea floor in a great fan of sediment. * Turbidity currents are an underwater avalanche of sediments thought responsible for the sculpturing of submarine canyons and a means of sediment transport into abyssal plains. * Abyssal plains and abyssal hills . * Seamounts and guyots . * A hypsographic curve is a plot of the area of the Earth's surface above any given elevation or depth above or below sea level * During the last glacial period (15,000 - 18,000 years ago), sea level was ~ 130 - 140 m lower than the present level, and the coast was located near the shelf break (i. e., River mouths were located near the shelf break)....
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- Spring '08