Mesa is a flat-topped, steep-sided, table-like mountain (mesa is Spanish for "table") capped with a formation or stratum, which is relatively
horizontal and resistant to erosion. When such a topographic feature is
less than one square mile (2.6 square kilometers) in area it is usually
called a butte.
|Mesa Verde National Park. View looking down a V-shaped
erosional canyon between mesa. Sandstone forms the canyon rim and
the cap rock of the mesa. Credit: USGS
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