Continental Slope


Continental Slope

The continuously sloping portion of the continental margin, seaward of the continental shelf and extending down to the deep sea floor of the abyssal plain, is known as continental slope.

It is charactersied by gradients of 2.5 degrees.

It extends between the depth of 180 to 3600 metres.

In some places, for example, off the shore of Philippines, the continental slope extends to a great depth.

Continental slopes, mainly due to their steepness and increasing distance from the land have very little deposits of sediments on them.

Sea life is also far less here than on the shelf.

Along the base of the continental slope is a deposit of sediments.

This belt of sedimentary deposits forms the continental rise.

In some regions the rise is very narrow but in others it may extend up to 600 km in width.