Antarctic continental shelf
The Antarctic continental shelf is a geological feature that underlies the Southern Ocean, surrounding the continent of Antarctica. The shelf is generally narrow and unusually deep, its edge lying at depths averaging 500 meters (the global mean is around 100 meters), with troughs extending as far as 2000 meters deep. It is home to a thriving ecosystem of penguins and cold-water fish and crustaceans.
- Beau Riffenburgh, Encyclopedia of the Antarctic (2007), Vol. 1, p. 288.
- Christopher Clayton Joyner, Sudhir K. Chopra, The Antarctic Legal Regime (1988), p. 113.
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