One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the zone of the sea between the continental shelf and the abyssal zone.
- ‘Historically they have radiated (divided into new species) in bathyal habitats (bottom-dwelling on the continental slope between 200 and 2000 m in depth) and cool-water coastal areas.’
- ‘In contrast, the many shale layers seem to be poor in macrofossils largely because they were deposited at depth below the photic zone (upper bathyal depth) as indicated by benthic foraminifera.’
- ‘Their depositional environment varies from outer neritic to upper or middle bathyal.’
- ‘After a short erosion interval, rapid subsidence started to produce contemporaneous neritic limestone and shallow bathyal marl again.’
- ‘Wherever the Valle Group is exposed, it has been interpreted as a clastic, marine, sedimentary sequence that includes turbidite, submarine-fan complexes deposited in water depths ranging from outer neritic to bathyal.’
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