Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)

Definition - What does Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) mean?

The Outer Continental Shelf is the area between the ocean and a continent. It is known as a quirk of political geography in the United States. It is a part of continental shelf of the United States which is recognized internationally. It basically refers to all the submerged lands, their seabed and subsoil that lies seaward and also outside of the jurisdiction of the state.

Petropedia explains Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)

The Outer Continental Shelf is considered as an essential maritime zone which holds habitats of marine life and various resources. It was eventually defined as the lands beneath the navigable waters. The continental shelf is known as the extension of landmass of the continent under the ocean. The waters in the continental shelf are comparatively shallow than the open ocean. These regions are economically essential because their shallow waters are the source of seafood and also because of the energy provided by these regions in the form of resources of renewable energy and fossil fuels like gas and oil.

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