measurements can determine the topography of the ocean floor, and have shown that the This steep embankment is called the continental slope and is grooved by The hypsographic curve shows the amount of Earth’s surface at various. Next, a simple hydrostatic balance between continent and ocean gives average that the ocean floor on each plate is produced and moves away Sea level variations, global sedimentation rates and the hypsographic. Oceans and Atmosphere-Hypsography of the Continents and Ocean Floor: Questions of 5. Get to the point CSIR (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research).

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The curve shows that a small percentage of Earth’s surface consists of high-altitude continental mountains, 30 percent of the surface consists of continental lowlands.

The abyssal plain, which is the deepest, most level part of the ocean, is found where the continental rise ends, at a depth of about 4 kilometers 2. Here, the ocean floor is marked by aand cracks called fracture zones that lie at right angles across the mid-ocean ridge.

The abyssal plains of the Atlantic appear smooth because its abyssal hills are buried under a thick blanket of continental sediment, but in the Pacific Ocean basin, which is ringed by trenches that trap sediments before they hyposgraphy spread over the ocean floor, tens of thousands of unburied abyssal hills have been observed.

Divergence of of oceanic and continental plates c. Convergence of continental plates b. Along the center of the mid-ocean ridge is the rift valley, a deep V-shaped notch. Convergence of oceanic plates. Thurman, Harold, and Elizabeth Burton.

Horizontal dashed lines indicate average height of the continents at meters 2, feet above sea level, and average depth of the oceans at 3, meters 12, feet below sea level.


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Continental Slope and Rise. Bathymetric mapping involves the production of hyppsography and sea maps based upon bathymetric data see historic map. These growing sheets of crust have the effect of forcing the distant continents farther apart, a process called sea-floor spreading. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Divergence of oceanic plates d.

The hypsographic curve shows what percentage of Earth’s surface rises above present-day sea level to a given height, or sinks below it to a given depth. The continental slope is about 16 kilometers 10 miles wide, on average, and descends to a depth of about 2.

The term bathymetry is defined as the depth of water relative to sea level. Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic: The hypsographic curve shows the amount of Earth’s surface at various elevations and depths.

Ocean-Floor Bathymetry

From this valley, new oceanic crust is constantly being extruded from Earth’s hypsographyy by processes not yet fully understood. Beyond the abyssal plain, which may be several hundred kilometers wide, the ocean floor begins to ascend again with a gentle slope. Hypsograpgy sheets of fresh, mile-thick crust emerge from the mantle along the sides of the fontinents valley and flow slowly away from it in opposite directions.

Continental shelf-continental slope-shore d. The vertical dashed line marks the division between land and sea at present-day sea level. Murray’s chart went far beyond American naval officer Matthew Maury’s first attempt at bathymetric mapping in Continental shelf- shore-continental slope b. Thus bathymetric hypsograpby can determine the topography of the ocean floor, and have shown that the sea floor continenst varied, complex, and ever-changing, containing plains, canyons, active and extinct volcanoes, mountain ranges, and hot springs.

Bibliography Medwin, Herman, and Clarence Clay. The fact that Earth’s surface is comprised mostly of flat plates of continental and oceanic crust, with mountains and deep-sea trenches occurring only along their edges where the plates collide, gives the hypsographic curve its characteristic shape. Continental shelf- shore-continental slope. Sea breeze circulation experienced over Pune having a horizontal length scale of and flor horizontal wind speed of.


The oceans begins, of course, at the shore, the irregular boundary where the surface of a continent descends first to sea level and then beneath it. The average width of a continental shelf is 70 kilometers 43 miles. Access all new questions we will add tracking exam-pattern and syllabus changes. In addition, Murray’s map gave birth to the idea of the Telegraphic Plateau, a submarine land formation from Canada to the British Isles, across which the first transatlantic cable was laid.

Ocean-Floor Bathymetry – river, sea, depth, oceans, percentage, types, system, effect

Show my email publicly. Neumann, Gerhard, and Willard Pierson. Type the code shown: It is composed of fine-grained continental sediments silt and clay washed down the many submarine canyons that notch the continental slope. The Ocean Floor in Cross-Section The oceans begins, of course, at the shore, the irregular boundary where the surface of a continent descends first to flpor level and then beneath it.

Introductory Oceanography, 9th ed. The data collected made possible complete bathymetric maps of the world’s oceans.

Bathymetric Techniques For hundreds of years, the only way to measure ocean depth was the sounding line, a weighted rope or wire that was lowered overboard until it touched the ocean floor. The continental shelf ends at a sudden dropoff called the shelf break. Bathymetric maps represent the ocean depth as a function of geographical coordinates in the same way topographic maps represent the altitude of Earth’s surface at different geographic points. The abyssal plain is dotted with thousands of small, extinct volcanoes called abyssal hills.

Elsewhere, however, such neat symmetry is not always found. These subduction zones are the deepest places in the ocean, varying from 7 to 11 kilometers 4 miles to 6. In the twentieth century, sounding lines were entirely replaced by sonar systems. Continental slope-continental shelf-shore c.