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continental shelf

Countries have exclusive right to mine minerals in the subsoil of their continental shelf.
  gently sloping underwater plain from the continent’s shore to about 200 meters
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Strongly Associated with:   continental slope
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  • Countries have exclusive right to mine minerals in the subsoil of their continental shelf.
  • At such times the ridge came down, and the continental shelf, so to speak, stretched out, and the algae along the shore became so slack that I tended to catch my feet in it.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Anyway, if this silent drive system really works, they might be able to creep up onto the continental shelf.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He’s going to be strapped into a tube and dropped over the continental shelf into six miles of seawater for crimes other people committed.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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  • She bit her lip, thought a moment, I guess, then said, "They were from New Salem, a bubble city off the North American continental shelf.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • They dine in elegant restaurants and he goes over in a tube beyond the continental shelf, six miles down in the sea, his body imploding into itself.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • She impacted savagely on the hard sand bottom at the edge of the continental shelf.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Most recently, in 1978, a Soviet Yankee-class missile sub had closed to the edge of the continental shelf off the coast of New England.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The V. K. Konovalov The Alfa drifted slowly at the edge of the continental shelf, about fifty miles southeast of Norfolk.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • From a ridge some three hundred yards inland, the island sloped to the sea and, forty or so yards into it, fell off precipitously, disappearing from sight into the depths of the Pacific, surely the smallest continental shelf on record.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • They’ll have to slow as they cross the continental shelf line, and we’ll tag along behind them, nice and quiet."
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • They said it’s right on the edge of the continental shelf."
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
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Associated words [difficulty]:   continental shelf [7]
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