epicontinental sea


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epicontinental sea

[¦ep·ə‚kant·ən′ent·əl ′sē]
(oceanography)
That portion of the sea lying upon the continental shelf, and the portions which extend into the interior of the continent with similar shallow depths. Also known as epeiric sea; inland sea.
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Lower and lowermost Middle Ordovician rocks in that area represent a condensed sequence, resulting from slow sedimentation in a relatively shallow epicontinental sea that was starved of siliciclastic sediments (Jaanusson 1973).
The reconstructed topographic maps indicated that the Upper Yangtze region was a semi-closed, shallow epicontinental sea during the Hirnantian.
provide a detailed study of enigmatic fossils in Upper Silurian sequences of Bolivia and conclude that they indicate high productivity at high paleolatitudes in Late Silurian epicontinental seas.
This was identified as the supratidal zone where carbonate mud-flats were exposed to alternating episodes of wetting and more prolonged drying; hence, this represents a setting above average sea level, assuming a microtidal coast, typical of most epicontinental seas (Allison & Wells 2006).
From that, they determined whether these occurrences were from epicontinental seas or open-ocean-facing settings, and they then compared extinction and origination rates in the two settings throughout the interval.