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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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).
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.
Three of the bookAEs chapters give different perspectives on how continental masses are created from magmatic arcs, and three chapters are devoted to plate motion; evidence of climate change is also a theme.
ICE SHEETS: Found only in Antarctica and Greenland, ice sheets are enormous continental masses of glacial ice and snow expanding over 50,000 square kilometers.
The CU-Boulder researchers are now looking at cloud composition and formation, the hydrological cycle, movements of continental masses over time and heat transport through Earth's system as other possible modes of keeping early Earth warm enough for liquid water to exist.
In conclusion, Rib min-Nofsinhar is a huge step forward in a process that began only very recently: in addition to advancing collaboration between committed literature and the civil society it communicates with, Maltese poetry joins the global trend of becoming a voice for the planetary conscience, which evermore urgently needs to be fostered across the four continental masses and the seven seas of our ailing Earth.
40 ff.) Price (1981) compares the established intellectual domains of elite scholarship to continental masses with characteristically dense cosmopolitan centers of privilege; the newer emerging fields, like their counterparts in frontier societies far from the fronts of tradition, are thinly populated intellectual outposts where intellectual fortunes can be made overnight and many languish in obscurity.

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