ocean floor

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The ecological zone that lies beyond the continental shelf, continental slope, and continental rise; it underlies most of the major oceans, is often far from flat, and at depths greater than about 2000 metres is largely covered by fine‐textured sediment (ooze) composed mostly of organic matter. Also known as abyss or ocean bed.

Fig 15 Ocean floor

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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