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If the area were on or near the U.S. continental shelf, such data could well provide an enemy with strategically invaluable insights into undersea access routes that could be used to attack some of the millions of Americans who live on or near our coasts.
Frank Gaffney

Meaning of "continental shelf" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTINENTAL SHELF

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTINENTAL SHELF

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Continental shelf is a noun.
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WHAT DOES CONTINENTAL SHELF MEAN IN ENGLISH?

continental shelf

Continental shelf

The continental shelf is an underwater landmass which extends from a continent, resulting in an area of relatively shallow water known as a shelf sea. Much of the shelves were exposed during glacial periods and interglacial periods. The shelf surrounding an island is known as an insular shelf. The continental margin, between the continental shelf and the abyssal plain, comprises a steep continental slope followed by the flatter continental rise. Sediment from the continent above cascades down the slope and accumulates as a pile of sediment at the base of the slope, called the continental rise. Extending as far as 500 km from the slope, it consists of thick sediments deposited by turbidity currents from the shelf and slope. The continental rise's gradient is intermediate between the slope and the shelf, on the order of 0.5–1°. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the name continental shelf was given a legal definition as the stretch of the seabed adjacent to the shores of a particular country to which it belongs.

Definition of continental shelf in the English dictionary

The definition of continental shelf in the dictionary is the sea bed surrounding a continent at depths of up to about 200 metres, at the edge of which the continental slope drops steeply to the ocean floor.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTINENTAL SHELF

continence
continency
continent
Continental
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continental climate
Continental Congress
continental crust
continental divide
continental drift
continental glacier
continental quilt
continental shield
Continental System
continentalism
Continentalist
continentally
continently
contingence
contingencies

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTINENTAL SHELF

bookshelf
ice shelf
ice-shelf
mantel shelf
off the shelf
off-the-shelf
on the shelf
parcel shelf
Ross Ice Shelf
shelf
top-shelf

Synonyms and antonyms of continental shelf in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «continental shelf» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTINENTAL SHELF

Find out the translation of continental shelf to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of continental shelf from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «continental shelf» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

大陆架
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

plataforma continental
570 millions of speakers

English

continental shelf
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

महाद्वीपीय शेल्फ
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الجرف القاري
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

континентальный шельф
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

plataforma continental
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মহীসোপান
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

plateau continental
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Rak kontinental
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Kontinentalschelf
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

大陸棚
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

대륙붕
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Dhasar continental
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thềm lục địa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கான்டினென்டல் ஷெல்ஃப்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कॉन्टिनेन्टल शेल्फ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kıta sahanlığı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

piattaforma continentale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

szelf kontynentalny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

континентальний шельф
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

platoul continental
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

υφαλοκρηπίδα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kontinentale plat
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

kontinentalsockeln
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sokkel
5 millions of speakers

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Frank Gaffney
If the area were on or near the U.S. continental shelf, such data could well provide an enemy with strategically invaluable insights into undersea access routes that could be used to attack some of the millions of Americans who live on or near our coasts.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTINENTAL SHELF»

Discover the use of continental shelf in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to continental shelf and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Continental Shelf Limits: The Scientific and Legal Interface
This book presents a global overview of the key provisions (Article 76) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas, under which many countries will be able to claim a significant addition to their continental shelf.
P. J. Cook, Chris Carleton, 2000
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Continental Shelf Delimitation and Related Maritime Issues ...
This work clarifies the international legal rules applicable to the region with particular attention to the special characteristics of the Persian Gulf, such as ethnic conflicts, lack of defined land borders, presence of numerous islands, ...
Ahmad Razavi, 1997
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The Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf: Legal Aspects of ...
The book provides an in-depth study of the legal aspects concerning the limits of the outer continental shelf.
Suzette V. Suarez, 2008
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Outer Continental Shelf Moratoria on Oil and Gas Development
Moratoria provisions for the outer continental shelf, enacted over 26 years, prohibited federal spending on oil and gas development in certain locations and for certain activities.
Curry L. Hagerty, 2010
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Ecosystem Status Report for the Northeast U.S. Continental ...
Fish in U.S. waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border have moved away from their traditional, long-time habitats over the past four decades because of fundamental changes in the regional ecosystem.
Michael Fogarty, 2010
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Alternatives for Inspecting Outer Continental Shelf Operations
In response to an MMS request, this book examines possible revisions of MMS's inspection system, appraises inspection practices elsewhere--both in government and industry--assesses the advantages and disadvantages of alternative procedures, ...
Committee on Alternatives for Inspection of Outer Continental ShelfOperations, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, 1990
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Assessment of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Environmental ...
are better integrated across disciplines and regions and more closely fulfill the mandate for assessing the impacts of OCS oil and gas activities. Although some extensive data sets have been acquired (especially resource inventories), MMS ...
‎1990
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Maritiem afbakeningsrecht:
The Anglo-French Continental Shelf arbitration58 3.1. The Decision The Anglo- French Continental Shelf arbitration concerned the delimitation of the continental shelf between the parties in the English Channel westward from the meridian 0° ...
Alex G. Oude Elferink, 1994
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Legal and Scientific Aspects of Continental Shelf Limits: ...
Among the topics raised in this volume are: geomorphology and geology; ridge issues; Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf; shelf resources and current issues, such as the outer limit of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean ...
Myron H. Nordquist, John Norton Moore, Tómas Haukur Heiðar, 2004
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The Continental Shelf
The Continental Shelf is one volume in Facts On File's Life in the Sea, a set of six texts that examine the physical features and biology of different regions of the ocean. Chapter 1 explores the features of the seafloor and the water column that  ...
Pam Walker, Elaine Wood, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTINENTAL SHELF»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term continental shelf is used in the context of the following news items.
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Full Text: DFA Sec. Del Rosario's plea to the Arbitral Tribunal
For the Philippines, the maritime entitlements of coastal States – to a territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, and the ... «CNN, Jul 15»
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UK GAS-Prompt firms on tighter supply and higher demand
An ongoing disruption in gas output on the UK Continental Shelf has seen zero supply entering the Easington Dimlington terminal. Further out ... «Yahoo Finance UK, Jul 15»
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MarketsProfits at North Sea oil and gas groups hit low
UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) company profitability - in other words North Sea oil and gas producers - has hit a new record low, according to the ... «Financial Times, Jul 15»
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John Swinney calls for Budget to help oil industry as Scots firms plan …
... recent report by the Scottish Government suggests there are up to 23 billion recoverable barrels of oil equivalent in the UK continental shelf. «The National, Jul 15»
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Clariant Oil Services receives supply contract for the Johan …
The largest offshore oil find in the Norwegian continental shelf in 30 years, the Johan Sverdrup field is estimated to hold between 1.7 billion and ... «WorldOil, Jul 15»
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Tea Party Invites Oil Lobby to Give Workshop on “Radical Green Anti …
... people to advocate on behalf of API's policy goals, including drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. «The Intercept - First Look Media, Jul 15»
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DNV GL wins Wintershall work
“Wintershall Norge AS is a new and important operator on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” said Kjell Eriksson, DNV GL regional manager ... «OE Digital, Jul 15»
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Russia Completely Outpacing The US In The Arctic
... that scientists determine that the area belongs to that country's continental shelf. Other countries, like Norway and Russia, have filed claims. «Daily Caller, Jul 15»
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Taiwan Vows to Defend South China Sea Claims as Philippines …
The designation of an 'island' is important because it entitles Taipei to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf. “The ROC ... «The Diplomat, Jul 15»
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Independent Oil & Gas PLC insider Young,Peter Jeremy Acquires …
The Company focuses to identify, acquire and commercializes oil and gas fields in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf and Irish Sea. «Dakota Financial News, Jul 15»

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