What Does Plateau Mean?


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A plateau is a big highland area of considerably level land segregated from neighbouring parts of land by steep slopes. It may be formed due to amassing of sediment layers. The accumulation of sediments often leads to very small angles of deposition, which are consistent with the description of high plateau.

As far as uplift goes, the low relief can be maintained only if it was recent in geologic history. Plateaus like mesas and buttes get fashioned when a flat land goes through uplifting by tectonic action and later goes through erosion by either wind or water.

Flat topped plateaus with sheer sides get made when a part of land gets uplifted and topped with a coating of rock that shows much resistance, and is underlain by rock with a softer consistency.

The biggest and highest plateau on the earth is the Chang Tang which is located in Tibet.

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