sand ribbon

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Longitudinal strip of sand up to 15 km long, 200 m wide and less than 1m thick, standing on, and surrounded by, an immobile gravel floor. Sand ribbons are developed on the sea floor of the continental shelf where there are a paucity of sand, water depths of 20–100 m, and fast-flowing currents. See ribbons.

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