One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting the shallow part of the sea near a coast and overlying the continental shelf.
- ‘It is on the continental shelves where shelf, epeiric, neritic, or epicontinental sediments are deposited.’
- ‘However, this ichthyofauna is characterized mostly by the co-occurrence of oceanic and neritic fish.’
- ‘Permian shelf-type successions there pass into Triassic sandstones and shales with detached Permian limestone blocks, overlain by Upper Triassic neritic carbonates.’
- ‘The neritic zone is the first 200 meters of ocean water, which includes the seashore and most of the continental shelf.’
- ‘These observations point to a complex succession of events all controlling the different carbonate producers, both neritic and pelagic.’
Late 19th century: from nerite + -ic.
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