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What is the abyssal plain?

What is the abyssal plain?

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Asked by M. Jabrowsky, Last updated: Apr 12, 2019

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C. Matz

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C. MatzCollege student, Graduation, Orlando
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Answered on Dec 06, 2018

Abyssal plain are plains found underwater. They are large, flat areas seen between the continental rise and the mid ocean ridges. Abyssal plain is known to cover about 40% of the ocean floor. It is usually found at depth between 3000 meters and 6000 meters. Abyssal plains cover over 50% of the Earth’s surface.

Abyssal plain is created as a result of the spreading of tectonic plates and the melting of the lower oceanic crust. They are covered in sediments; the sediments are brought by ocean currents and by assortment that rain from above. It covers more area in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and less of the Pacific Ocean.

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