from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A submerged border of a continent that slopes gradually and extends to a point of steeper descent to the ocean bottom.
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- n. The area of sea around a land mass where the depth gradually increases before it plunges into the ocean deeps
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- n. the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continent
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The sea gap between Bali and Lombok is narrow but deep, because Lombok lies just off the continental shelf while Bali, so close, lies just on the shelf’s southeast edge.
This, along with small areas of extended continental shelf between Norfolk Island and New Caledonia and between Heard and Kerguelen Islands, as well as those marine areas adjacent to the Australian Antarctic Territory, are the final frontiers for Australian maritime delimitation.