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plateau,

elevated, level or nearly level portion of the earth's surface, larger in summit area than a mountainmountain,
high land mass projecting conspicuously above its surroundings and usually of limited width at its summit. Although isolated mountains are not unusual, mountains commonly form ranges, comprising either a single complex ridge or a series of related ridges.
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 and bounded on at least one side by steep slopes, occurring on land or in oceans. Some plateaus, such as the Deccan of India and the Columbia Plateau of the NW United States, are basaltic and were formed as the result of a succession of lava flows covering hundreds of thousands of square miles that built up the land surface. Others are the result of upward folding; still others have been left elevated by the erosion of adjacent lands. Plateaus, like all elevated regions, are subject to dissection by erosion, which removes greater amounts of the upland surface. Low plateaus are often agricultural regions, while high plateaus are usually fit chiefly for stock grazing. Many of the world's high plateaus are deserts. Other notable plateaus are the Colorado Plateau of the W United States, the Bolivian plateau in South America, and the plateaus of Anatolia, Arabia, Iran, and the Tibet region of China.

Plateau

 

an elevated plain with an even or undulating, slightly dissected surface and separated by clearly distinguishable scarps from the adjacent country. The following are distinguished: (1) structural plateaus, which are composed of horizontally bedded rock strata; (2) volcanic, or lava, plateaus, in which the irregularities of the former relief have been capped with lava; (3) denudation plateaus, which are uplifted denudation plains, such as peneplains and abrasion plains; and (4) mountainous plateaus, which are intermontane depressions filled with the weathering products of the surrounding mountain ranges.


Plateau

 

a US scientific station in Eastern Antarctica, located in the interior of the continent, in the western part of the Sovetskoe Plateau. The station is on the surface of an ice sheet, 3,624 m above sea level, and 1,000 km from Kosmonavtov Sea. Plateau Station was in operation from February 1966 through January 1969. It conducted aerometeorological, glaciological, and geophysical observations and served as a base for field research in the adjacent regions.

plateau

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(electronics)
The portion of the plateau characteristic of a counter tube in which the counting rate is substantially independent of the applied voltage.
(geography)
An extensive, flat-surfaced upland region, usually more than 45-90 meters (150-300 feet) in elevation and considerably elevated above the adjacent country and limited by an abrupt descent on at least one side.
(geology)
A broad, comparatively flat and poorly defined elevation of the sea floor, commonly over 60 meters (200 feet) in elevation.

plateau

a wide mainly level area of elevated land

Plateau

a state of central Nigeria, formed in 1976 from part of Benue-Plateau State: tin mining. Capital: Jos. Pop. (including Nassarawa state): 3 671 498 (1995 est.). Area (including Nassarawa state): 58 030 sq. km (22 405 sq. miles)
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Workers in the massive informal sector, ex-miners 'relocated' to the shanty town after privatisation of the mines in 1985, the unemployed, recent migrants from the countryside pushed from their former livelihoods through the devastation of the agricultural economy in the high plateau, women in traditional indigenous dress with their unique bowler hats, shoeshine boys, Trotskyist teachers, communists, socialists, indigenists, neighbourhood activists, populists and others milling around in a jovial mood eating breakfast on the street, provided by women venders who have erected their food stands along the opening path of the planned march for the nationalisation of the country's natural gas.
The predominately cool climate of the high plateau region will limit growth in demand for refrigerated beverages including beer and soft drinks.
Follow an old roadbed to a high plateau at the southern base of Boney Mountain; Skull Rock can be found along the way.
Only now is the enormity of the social changes of 20 years ago sinking in among the American leadership--and these changes, after all, haven't been completely reversed, but rather have drifted a little down from the high plateau.
These flexible guidelines are felt to be adequate because of the Park's location on high plateau surrounded by Wilderness areas, its cool temperatures and short growing season, and its fire history.
Two Arctic Trucks AT44 Expedition vehicles have set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest overland journey to the South Pole, crossing 2308km of the Antarctica High Plateau from Novo to the South Pole in 4.
Together they developed a study design that would engage Aymara people directly in the assessment of their cultural and natural resources along an altitude gradient from the coastal city of Arica to the Altoplano, the high plateau surrounding Lago Chungara near the Chile-Bolivia border.
Background: The Lomme river basin is located in the Libin high plateau in the centre of the Ardennes in the Walloon region of Belgium.
In Paktika Province, AISG is constructing a police headquarters on the high plateau of Sar Hawza in the badlands near the Pakistani border.
It is important to note that on the high plateau in March 1998, Crans-Montana hosted his last men's races during the finals of the Men's World Cup marked by the triumph of Hermann Maier and the last slalom victory of the great Alberto Tomba.
On the high plateau at the top of the cliff, a few ancient valleys have been preserved.
Crude oil futures have been moving on a high plateau between $75 and $80.

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