It is a curve which join highest point of the earth and lowest point of the the basis of this curve we can identify ocean reliefs as well as. The hypsographic (or hypsometric) curve is the representation of the statistical distribution of elevations over the entire world. In the areas which are covered. Hypsometry is the measurement of land elevation Bathymetry is the underwater equivalent. Hypsography of the Earth. Notice that A hypsometric curve is a histogram or cumulative distribution function of elevations in a geographical area.

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G – Introduction to Oceanography

From this valley, new oceanic crust is constantly being extruded from Earth’s mantle by processes not yet fully understood. Medwin, Herman, and Clarence Clay.

Sonar so und na vigation r anginginvented during World War II — hypsogrsphic distances by emitting a short pulse of high-frequency sound and measuring the time until an echo is heard. This flat, wide margin is found around every continent and is known as the continental shelf.

The disappearance of oceanic crust into subduction zones is occurring primarily along the western, northern, and eastern edges of the Pacific Ocean. The resulting curve is shown below in Figure 1.

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This would be the case in crossing the Atlantic Ocean. After the war, ships with sonar units attached to their hulls crisscrossed the world’s oceans systematically, measuring depth. Guyots are drowned volcanic islands that become submerged due to subsidence of the oceanic lithosphere. Bathymetric mapping involves the production of ocean and sea maps based upon bathymetric data see historic map. The Ocean Floor in Cross-Section The oceans begins, of course, at the shore, the irregular boundary where the surface of a continent descends first to sea level and then beneath it.


The data collected made possible complete bathymetric maps of the world’s oceans. For many miles out, the ocean is only a few hundred feet deep and gets deeper quite slowly i. The older, more distant parts of these growing sheets of crust are gradually covered by hypxographic, eventually becoming the abyssal plains and continental rises described above.

For example, if a hypsographic curve existed for a lake of interest, and one wanted to know what the surface area of the lake would be if the water level dropped to a specific depth, say 10 feet, the curve could be used. The vertical dashed line marks the division between land and sea at present-day sea level. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America.

For hundreds of years, the only way to measure ocean depth was the sounding line, a weighted rope or wire that was lowered overboard until it touched the ocean floor. The abyssal plain is dotted with thousands of small, extinct volcanoes called abyssal hills.

For the first time, scientists knew what 70 percent of Earth’s surface really looked like radar, which produces images by bouncing radio waves rather than sound waves off distant objects, cannot be used for bathymetry because water absorbs radio waves. Twin sheets of fresh, mile-thick crust emerge from the mantle along the sides of the rift valley and flow slowly away from it in opposite directions.

Notice this part of the line has a fairly steep slope.


Fundamentals of Acoustical Oceanography. In the original paper on this topic, Arthur Strahler proposed a curve containing three parameters to fit different hypsometric relations: The curve shows that a small percentage of Earth’s surface consists of high-altitude continental mountains, 30 percent of the surface consists of continental lowlands. The abyssal plain, which is the deepest, most level part of the ocean, is found where the continental rise ends, at a depth of about 4 kilometers 2.


Principles and Interpretation, 2nd ed. It was also difficult to tell when the sounding line had actually touched bottom. Please try again later. The hypsographic curve shows what percentage of Earth’s surface rises above present-day sea level to a given height, or sinks below it to a given depth. Thus bathymetric measurements can determine the topography of the ocean floor, and have shown that the sea floor is varied, complex, and ever-changing, containing plains, canyons, active and extinct volcanoes, mountain ranges, and hot springs.

Freeman and Company, This steep embankment is called the continental slope and is grooved by submarine canyons and gullies.

Hypsometry – Wikipedia

Continental shelves and slopes account for about another 15 percent, abyssal plains and mid-ocean ridge systems for almost 50 percent, and deep-sea trenches account for a small fraction. Abyssal hills more than 1 kilometer 0.

Archived from the original on The fact that Earth’s surface is comprised mostly of flat plates of continental and oceanic crust, with mountains and deep-sea trenches occurring only along their edges where the plates cuvre, gives the hypsographic curve its characteristic shape. Beyond the rift valley, the depth sequence described above is observed in reverse: The continental slope is about 16 kilometers 10 miles wide, on average, and descends to a depth of about 2. Bathymetric maps represent the ocean depth as a function of geographical coordinates in the same way topographic maps represent the altitude of Earth’s surface at different geographic points.

There was a problem with your submission. The hypsometric integral is a summary measure of the shape of the hypsometric curve. Along the center of the mid-ocean ridge is the rift valley, a deep V-shaped notch.

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