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MESA

It is an elevated area of land with a flat top and sides


that are usually steep cliffs. It takes its name from its
characteristic table-top shape. Mesas form by
weathering and erosion of horizontally layered rocks
that have been uplifted by tectonic activity.
BUTTE
It is an isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and
a small, relatively flat top; buttes are smaller than
mesas, plateaus, and table landforms. Buttes form by
weathering and erosion when hard caprock overlies a
layer of less resistant rock that is eventually worn
away.
CANYON
The movement of rivers, the processes of weathering
and erosion, and tectonic activity create canyons. A
canyon is a deep, narrow valley with steep sides. The
term gorge is often used to mean canyon, but a
gorge is almost always steeper and narrower than a
canyon.