Gulf of California
Curray, Joseph R. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, California.
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A young, elongate ocean basin on the west coast of Mexico. It is flanked on the west by the narrow mountainous peninsula and continental shelf of Baja California, while the eastern margin has a wide continental shelf and coastal plain. The floor of the gulf consists of a series of basins 3300–12,000 ft (1000–3600 m) deep, whereas the northern gulf is dominated by a broad shelf which is the result of deltaic deposition from the Colorado River. The structural depression of the gulf continues northward into the Imperial Valley of California, which is cut off from the ocean by the delta of the Colorado River. See also: Continental margin
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