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