Newfoundland Shelf

Newfoundland Shelf

The Newfoundland Shelf is situated along the northeastern coastline of this island. This region of the Atlantic continental shelf typically stretches around 50 kilometres into the ocean, along most of the coast. However, it can reach out as far as 200 kilometres offshore in some areas, where it rises up to form high banks at its edge before dropping down to the ocean floor. Although these areas are shallow, they are deep enough to be safe for navigation by fishing vessels and tankers. Glaciers have gouged out deep depressions in some parts of the shelf leaving several basins - sloping circular pits - and troughs, which are longer, steeper and more flat-bottomed than basins.