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5.6 Ocean Floor Vocabulary

continental shelfthe gently sloping part of a continent that is under water and rings each continent
continental slopethe edge of a continent that drops steeply down to the ocean floor
abyssal plainthe vast floor of the deep ocean
mid-ocean ridgeplace where plates of the Earth's crust along the ocean floor are being split up to form new ocean floor and a mountain range
trenchplace where two plates of the Earth's crust hit each other, forming a deep part of the ocean
seamounta steep-sided volcanic mountain under the ocean
estuarya place where a freshwater environment and saltwater environment meet
Continental Risea gently sloping area connecting the Slope to the basin
Shorelineplace where the water meets land

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Montrose Elementary
Henrico, VA

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