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

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Mesa

Mesa: Introduction
Mesa: Geography and Climate
Mesa: History
Mesa: Population Profile
Mesa: Municipal Government
Mesa: Economy
Mesa: Education and Research
Mesa: Health Care
Mesa: Recreation
Mesa: Convention Facilities
Mesa: Transportation
Mesa: Communications

The City in Brief

Founded: 1878 (incorporated in 1883)

Head Official: Mayor Keno Hawker (since 2000)

City Population

1980: 152,453

1990: 288,091

2000: 396,375

2003 estimate: 432,376

Percent change, 1990-2000: 37.6%

U.S. rank in 1990: 53rd (3rd in state)

U.S. rank in 2000: 51st (3rd in state)

Metropolitan Area Population (PMSA)

1980: 1,508,030

1990: 2,122,101

2000: 3,251,876

Percent change, 1990-2000: 53.2%

U.S. rank in 2000: 14th

Area: 125.18 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 1,241 feet above sea level

Average Annual Temperature: 84.5° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 8.5 inches

Major Economic Sectors: aerospace/aviation, agri-business, automotive, business services, education services, electronics, health services, manufacturing, retail, transportation services

Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (January 2005)

Per Capita Income: $19,601

2002 FBI Crime Index Total: 33,335

Major Colleges and Universities: Arizona State University East, Mesa Community College, East Valley Institute of Technology

Daily Newspapers: East Valley Tribune

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mesaamasser, gasser, macassar, Makassar, Mombasa, Nasser •relaxer, waxer •salsa •cancer, romancer •piazza • necromancer • madrasa •Kinshasa, Lhasa, passer, Tarrasa, Vaasa •advancer, answer, chancer, dancer, enhancer, lancer, prancer •tazza •addresser, aggressor, assessor, compressor, confessor, contessa, depressor, digresser, dresser, guesser, intercessor, lesser, Odessa, oppressor, possessor, professor, represser, successor, transgressor, Vanessa •Alexa, flexor, vexer •Elsa, Kielce •censer, censor, dispenser, fencer, Mensa, sensor, Spenser •seltzer •Faenza, Henze •indexer • hairdresser • predecessor •microprocessor, processor •acer, bracer, chaser, debaser, embracer, facer, macer, mesa, pacer, placer, racer, spacer, tracer •Ailsa • steeplechaser •greaser, Lisa, Nerissa, piecer, Raisa, releaser •pizza

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Me·sa / ˈmāsə/ a city in south central Arizona, east of Phoenix; pop. 396,375.

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