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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In the case of the Mid-Atlantic rift valley, one sheet flows east and the other west, each moving at about half an inch per year.

The data collected made possible complete bathymetric maps of the world’s oceans. Many sonar techniques have been developed for conitnents.

Ocean-Floor Bathymetry

Elsewhere, however, such neat symmetry is not always found. Along the center of the mid-ocean ridge is the rift valley, a deep V-shaped notch.

Fundamentals of Acoustical Oceanography. The average width of a continental shelf is 70 kilometers 43 miles. Convergence of continental plates b.

Some continental margins are characterized hypsoggraphy subduction zones, whereby oceanic crust is destroyed beneath the edge of a continental plate. Here, the ocean floor is marked by thousand-mile cracks called fracture zones that lie at right angles across the mid-ocean ridge.

Along the length of a typical subduction zone or deep-sea trench, a sheet of old oceanic crust is forced beneath continental crust. The continental slope is about 16 kilometers 10 miles wide, on average, and descends to a depth of hypzography 2.


View Sample Explanation or View Features. Continental shelf-continental slope-shore d. It was also difficult to tell when the sounding line had actually touched bottom. The Hypsographic Curve The elevation features of the ocean floor—shelves, slopes, rises, plains, ridges, and trenches—are quantitatively summarized by oceanographers, along with the distribution of dry land at different altitudes, in a graph called the hypsographic curve see the figure. Access detailed explanations illustrated with images and videos to questions.

The abyssal plain, which is the deepest, most level part of the ocean, is found where the continental rise ends, at yhpsography depth of about 4 kilometers 2. Access all new questions we will add tracking exam-pattern folor syllabus changes.

The continental shelf ends at a sudden dropoff called the shelf break.

The hypsography of the ocean floor

This steep embankment is called the continental slope and is grooved by submarine canyons and gullies. Type the code shown: After the nypsography, ships with sonar units attached to their hulls crisscrossed the world’s oceans systematically, measuring depth. The abyssal plain is dotted with thousands of small, extinct volcanoes called abyssal hills.

When high-resolution images are desired, an underwater unit may be towed behind a ship, scanning to the left and right with multiple sonar beams sidescan sonar. Convergence of continental plates. Twin sheets of fresh, mile-thick crust hypsogrzphy from the mantle along the sides of the rift tge and flow slowly away from it in opposite directions.


Continental shelves and slopes account for about another 15 percent, abyssal plains and mid-ocean ridge systems for almost 50 percent, and deep-sea trenches account for a small fraction.

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. Principles of Physical Oceanography.

From this valley, new oceanic crust is constantly being extruded from Earth’s mantle by processes not yet fully understood. Guyots are drowned volcanic islands that become submerged due to subsidence of the oceanic lithosphere. Continental slope-continental shelf-shore c. In the twentieth century, sounding lines were entirely replaced by sonar systems.

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 can spread over the ocean floor, tens of thousands of unburied abyssal hills have been observed.

This would be the case in crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Freeman and Company, Murray’s chart went far beyond American naval officer Matthew Maury’s first attempt at bathymetric mapping in Continental Slope and Rise. The oceanic crust that is forced to submerge or subduct in this manner slides down into the mantle at an angle.