Continental Shelf: Definition & Facts


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What is a continental shelf?

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1. What is the name for the point where the continental shelf ends?

2. How wide is the largest continental shelf in the world?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Continental shelves are an important component of the Earth's geological make-up. This online lesson and assessment will teach you about the definition and characteristics of continental shelves. The assessment at the end will test you on key information from the lesson, such as the different types of continental shelves and the relationship between continental shelves and animal life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The definition of a continental shelf
  • Individual parts of a continental shelf
  • The largest continental shelf in the world
  • Continental shelves around islands
  • Plant and animal life in continental shelves

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of important information related to continental shelves, their locations, and their defining characteristics
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can define key terms from the lesson, such as continental shelf, Earth's crust, and shelf break
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you take away the most important information from the lesson, so you fully comprehend the characteristics of continental shelves and how they relate to the Earth's geology

Additional Learning

To learn more about continental shelves, review the corresponding lesson called Continental Shelf: Definition and Facts. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of continental shelf
  • Components of continental shelves
  • Different examples of continental shelves
  • Plant and animal life found on continental shelves