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Netherlands North Sea coast and continental shelf

The continental shelf of the Dutch coast is the extended perimeter of each continent and associated coastal plain.

Much of the shelf was exposed during glacial periods, but it is now submerged under relatively shallow seas (known as shelf seas) and gulfs and was similarly submerged during other interglacial periods.

The continental margin, between the continental shelf and the abyssal plain, comprises a steep continental slope followed by the flatter continental rise. Sediment from the continent above cascades down the slope and accumulates as a pile of sediment at the base of the slope, called the continental rise. Extending as far as 500 km from the slope, it consists of thick sediments deposited by turbidity currents from the shelf and slope. The continental rise's gradient is intermediate between the slope and the shelf, on the order of 0.5–1°.

Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the name continental shelf was given a legal definition as the stretch of the seabed adjacent to the shores of a particular country to which it belongs.

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