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Mesa vs. Butte

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Mesanoun

Flat area of land or plateau higher than other land, with one or more clifflike edges

‘A few more miles of hot sand and Little Colorado.’;

Buttenoun

(US) An isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top.

Mesa

A high tableland; a plateau on a hill.

Buttenoun

A detached low mountain, or high rising abruptly from the general level of the surrounding plain; - applied to peculiar elevations in the Rocky Mountain region.

‘The creek . . . passes by two remarkable buttes of red conglomerate.’;

Mesanoun

flat tableland with steep edges;

‘the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water’;

Buttenoun

a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding region; has a flat top and sloping sides

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Mesanoun

a city just east of Phoenix; originally a suburb of Phoenix

Buttenoun

a town in southwestern Montana; center for mining copper

Mesanoun

an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata.

Buttenoun

an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top (similar to but narrower than a mesa).

Mesa

A mesa is an isolated, flat-topped elevation, ridge or hill, which is bounded from all sides by steep escarpments and stands distinctly above a surrounding plain. Mesas characteristically consist of flat-lying soft sedimentary rocks capped by a more resistant layer or layers of harder rock, e.g.

Butte

In geomorphology, a butte () is an isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top; buttes are smaller landforms than mesas, plateaus, and tablelands. The word butte comes from a French word meaning knoll (but of any size); its use is prevalent in the Western United States, including the southwest where mesa (Spanish for ) is used for the larger landform.

‘table’;

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