Explain the Indian ocean with respect to the following aspects :
- Beyond the continental slope, lie the abyssal plains. They have a gentle slope and cover about 66 percent of the oceanic floor area.
- Abyssal plains of the ocean have deposits of polymetallic nodules. These nodules are a source of nickel, copper, manganese, and cobalt.
- India has been allotted an area of 2 million square kilometers for research and excavation of polymetallic nodules by the International Seabed Authority in the Indian Ocean.
Concept: Importance of the Indian Ocean
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