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1. n. [Geology]
Continental shelf, or the area at the edges of a continent from the shoreline to a depth of 200 m [660 ft], where the continental slope begins. The shelf is commonly a wide, flat area with a slight seaward slope. The term is sometimes used as a for platform.
Alternate Form: continental shelf