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The structure and composition of most of the continental crust is unknown.
Surface mapping and seismic reflection and refraction suggest that the continents
are largely igneous and metamorphic rock, such as granite and gneiss, overlain
by a ...
The complex transition from continental crust to oceanic crust lies under the
continental slope. A continental slope is a relatively steep slope that extends from
a depth of 1 00 to 200 meters at the edge of the continental shelf down to oceanic
During rifting, the continental crust is stretched and thinned. This extension
produces shallow-focus earthquakes on normal faults (see chapter 6), and a rift
valley forms as a central graben (a down-dropped fault block). The faults act as ...
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