What Is the Difference Between Plateaus, Mesas, and Buttes and Where Are They Found In the United States?

A plateau is an elevated area that spreads over a large region.

A mesa, from the Spanish word for table, is a plateau that drops steeply off on all sides.

A butte is a smaller mesa and is formed when a mesa erodes.

what is the difference between plateaus mesas and buttes and where are they found in the united states

If you visit the Four Corners area of the United States, the place where New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah meet, you’ll see many of these unusual landforms.

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