Attempt to Define the Continental Shelf

  • M. W. Mouton


The notion “continental shelf” is of purely geological, geographical and oceanographical origin. What do geologists and other scientists mean when they speak of “the continental shelf” (le plateau continental, der Kontinentalsockel)? From the middle of the last century onwards an increasing number of soundings in the seas and oceans have been carried out for scientific as well as practical purposes (shipping and telegraph cables).


Continental Shelf Continental Slope Outer Shelf Explanatory Note Submarine Canyon 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1952

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