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MESA

MESA, a flat-topped area of land with bluffy walls, sometimes hundreds of feet high, that stands above eroded terrain. A mesa may comprise an acre or a thousand acres. This geological formation is characteristic of the southwestern United States. Acoma, New Mexico, the "city in the sky, " is a noted example.

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Shoumatoff, Alex. Legends of the American Desert: Sojourns in the Greater Southwest. New York: Knopf, 1997.

J. FrankDobie/a. e.

See alsoAncestral Pueblo (Anasazi) ; Hopi ; Navajo ; Pueblo ; Southwest .

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mesa Large, broad, flat-topped hill or mountain of moderate height and with steep, cliff-like sides. A mesa is capped with layers of resistant horizontal rocks which may then erode to form narrower buttes.

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mesa A flat-topped hill of limited extent, but wider than a butte and normally underlain by near-horizontally bedded sediments. A land-form similar to a mesa but larger is called a ‘plateau’.

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mesa Flat-topped hill of limited extent, but wider than a butte and normally underlain by near-horizontally bedded sediments. A land-form similar to a mesa but larger is called a ‘plateau’.

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me·sa / ˈmāsə/ • n. an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata.

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