Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In geology, resting upon a continent: said of shallow seas formed by the submergence of continental areas in certain geological periods.
- adj. Located on a continental shelf
“The development of continents meant the development of shallow epicontinental “seas”, on which stromatolites (pillow-shaped microbial mats composed of layers of specialized bacteria) could anchor and evolve.”
“It is clear from both the fossil record and the ecology of oceans and epicontinental shallow water today that continental shelves were and are necessary for multicellularity.”
“Origin of whales in epicontinental remnant seas: new evidence from the Early Eocene of Pakistan.”
“The geological evidence that Lomonosov Ridge is part of the Russian continental shelf is not an easy question We can say that this is not just a ridge, but part of a whole system from Russia to Greenland and Canada The Arctic is a shallow epicontinental sea on a continental base.”
“The sections are arranged along a depth transect ~50–600 m across an epicontinental basin covering Egypt and Israel.”
“During the late Paleocene thermal maximum, the upwelling of low-oxygen intermediate Tethyan water into the epicontinental basin led to enhanced biological productivity and anoxia at the seafloor.”
“The epicontinental sea was shoaled and narrowed, and muds were washed in from the adjacent lands.”
“We need not regard this epicontinental sea as deep.”
“In the interior the Mississippian is composed chiefly of limestones, with some shales, which tell of a clear, warm, epicontinental sea swarming with crinoids, corals, and shells, and occasionally clouded with silt from the land.”
“We can hardly account for this except by a shallow-water connection between the two ancient epicontinental seas.”
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