continental mass

continental mass

[¦känt·ən¦ent·əl ′mas]
(geography)
The continental land rising more or less abruptly from the ocean floor and also the shallow submerged areas surrounding this land.
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The affinity and alienation of nations on the edge of a continental mass are also studied, and how both nations pursued the path of imperialism and the differing results.
Through time, margins are successively incorporated into continental mass by plate collisions.
He and his colleauges used gravity data from the GRACE satellite to monitor the loss of continental mass around the world since 2002.

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