Back to Erosion Landform
- A mesa term for table land.
- Elevated area of land with a flat top.
- Usually has steep cliffs.
- It takes its name from its characteristic table-top shape.
- It is a characteristic of arid environments
-Southwestern United States,badlands
- Mountainous regions from;
- Mesas are formed by weathering & erosion.
- Horizontally layered rocks uplifted by tectonic activity.
- This process is called differential erosion.
- The most resistant rock types include;
lava flows sills
- The less resistant rock layers made up shale.
- Less resistant rocks eroded away on the surface into valleys.