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tableland n : a relatively flat highland [syn: plateau]

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English

Etymology

table + land

Noun

  1. A relatively flat region of terrain, particularly in reference to surrounding terrain.
  2. mesa-like.

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Extensive Definition

In geology and earth science, a plateau, also called a high plateau or tableland, is an area of highland, usually consisting of relatively flat terrain.
A highly eroded(erection) plateau is called a dissected plateau.
A volcanic plateau is a plateau produced by volcanic activity.
The largest and highest plateau in the world is the Tibetan Plateau, called the "roof of the world", which is still being formed by the collisions of the Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates. In all the Tibetan plateau covers an area of some 2.5 million square kilometres which is approximately 5000m above sea level. The height of this plateau is such that it is enough to reverse the Hadley convection cycles and drive the monsoons of India to the south

Oceanic plateaus

Plateau is also used to describe undersea geologic formations. Some undersea plateaus, like the Seychelles plateau, are fragments of continental crust that lie separate from continents; they are analogous to continental shelves. Others, like the Ontong Java Plateau are large igneous provinces made of flood basalts.

Plateau Mountains

Plateau Mountains are formed similarly to Fold mountains. Plateau mountains are said to be flat, high plateau. There are many types of mountains such as Dome, Volcanic, Fold, Fault-Block, Monadnock.

References

tableland in Arabic: هضبة
tableland in Min Nan: Koân-phiâⁿ
tableland in Bulgarian: Плато
tableland in Catalan: Altiplà (geografia)
tableland in Danish: Plateau
tableland in German: Hochebene
tableland in Estonian: Lavamaa
tableland in Estonian: Platoo
tableland in Modern Greek (1453-): Υψίπεδο
tableland in Spanish: Meseta
tableland in Basque: Goi-ordoki
tableland in French: Plateau (géographie)
tableland in Korean: 고원
tableland in Hebrew: רמה (גאוגרפיה)
tableland in Hindi: पठार
tableland in Indonesian: Dataran tinggi
tableland in Italian: Altopiano
tableland in Dutch: Plateau (geografie)
tableland in Japanese: 台地
tableland in Uighur: ئېگىزلىك
tableland in Polish: Płaskowyż
tableland in Portuguese: Planalto (geografia)
tableland in Russian: Плато
tableland in Finnish: Ylänkö
tableland in Simple English: Plateau
tableland in Swedish: Platå
tableland in Turkish: yayla (Coğrafya)
tableland in Ukrainian: Плато
tableland in Chinese: 高原

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alkali flat, alluvial plain, basin, bench, bottomland, bushveld, campo, champaign, champaign country, coastal plain, delta, desert, down, downs, fell, flat, flat country, flatland, flats, grass veld, grassland, heath, lande, level, llano, lowland, lowlands, lunar mare, mare, mesa, mesilla, moor, moorland, open country, pampa, pampas, peneplain, plain, plains, plateau, playa, prairie, salt flat, salt marsh, salt pan, savanna, sebkha, steppe, table, table mountain, tree veld, tundra, upland, vega, veld, weald, wide-open spaces, wold
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