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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These surely include the great land and sea 'New Silk Road' project, devised by Peking and with the main objective of bringing China closer to the rest of the Euro-Asian continental mass, as well as developing the inland zones that are still behind the coast band.
To elaborate the classification of the weather types for the rhythm analysis, the classes of atmospheric systems identified by Monteiro (1973) were used, as follows: 1) Frontal Systems--Polar Atlantic Front (FPA), Reflex Polar Front (FPR), Polar Atlantic Front in Dissipation (DIS), Occlude Polar Atlantic Front (OCL), Repercussion of Polar Atlantic Front (REP), Stationary Polar Atlantic Front (EST), and Warm Front; 2) Individualised Systems--Tropical Instability Line and Atlantic Intertropical Convergence Zone; and 3) Air Masses--Polar Atlantic mass (mPA), Old Polar mass (mPV), Continentalized Old Polar mass (PVC), Tropical Atlantic mass (mTA), Continentalized Tropical Atlantic mass (TAC), Tropical Continental mass (mTC), and Equatorial Continental mass (mEQ).
Within this context, the successions of weather types which cause the increase in the cyanobacterial density are mainly related to a meeting of a Tropical Equatorial mass or Equatorial Continental mass with a Tropical Instability Line or Polar Atlantic Front and its derivations.
We are on the eastern, not the western, edge of the continental mass, meaning that we get all extremes of continental weather, which can favor us with from -14[degrees] to 76[degrees]F in the same January.
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.
Consider Tharsis--a swollen continental mass about the size of North America that rises some 10 kilometers above the surrounding plains.
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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