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PREFERRED TERM

void:inDataset: http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/void.ttl#Agrovoc

Created: 1990-04-26T00:00:00Z

skos:notation: 32413

continental shelves  

DEFINITION

  • Underwater portion (shelf) of the continent, with moderate inclination, extending seaward from the shore to the edge of the continental slope where the inclination increases rapidly. Sometimes conventionally considered as the continent margin between 0 and 200 meters depths.

    Created: 5/31/23

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BROADER CONCEPT

SCOPE NOTE

  • The continental shelf of a coastal State comprises the seabed and subsoil of the submarine areas that extend beyond its territorial sea throughout the natural prolongation of its land territory to the outer edge of the continental margin, or to a distance of 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured where the outer edge of the continental margin does not extend up to that distance. (UNCLOS) (en)

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URI

http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_32413

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