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butte (in geology)

butte, an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top, resulting from the more rapid erosion of the surrounding areas. Buttes are characteristic of the plains of the W United States. See mesa.

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butte

butte Small, isolated, flat-topped hill resulting from the erosion of near-horizontal strata. The diameter of the caprock is less than the height of the land-form above the surrounding country. Buttes are commonly found in semi-arid regions dominated by duricrust horizons. See also MESA.

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