Continental Margin, Slope and Ocean Basin

  • Hans-Erich Reineck
  • Indra Bir Singh
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Marine waters cover 70.8% of the earth’s surface. And, if we substract the 5.5% area of the continental shelf, 65.3% of the earth’s surface is occupied by continental slope and rise, and deep-sea parts (data after Dietrich and Kalle 1957). The deep sea can be subdivided into several topographical units. There are deep-sea grabens (15 in number), which cut deeper than 6,000 m. Deep-sea grabens are restricted to tectonic active regions near the foot of continental slopes.


Shale Cretaceous Beach Sponge Jurassic 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Erich Reineck
    • 1
  • Indra Bir Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Meeresgeologie und MeeresbiologieSenckenberg-InstitutWilhelmshavenGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeologyLucknow UniversityLucknowIndia

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