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Buttes, Plateaus and Mesas- What’s the Difference?

The images below shot last week along the Arizona/Utah border show buttes, plateaus and mesas, geologic land forms that permeate America’s Desert Southwest. In general terms, buttes are smaller than mesas and mesas are smaller than plateaus. Buttes were probably once mesas but shrunk in size due to erosion. Plateaus are bigger than both mesas and buttes. But specific sizes of each land form are not normally defined.

 

Mesas, Buttes and Plateaus make up the landscape near Fredonia, Arizona

 

 

 

Storm clouds hover over Gooseberry Mesa in Southern Utah. The smaller hills at the base can be categorized as buttes.

 

 

 


Threatening Sunset Skies

The skies last week in Utah’s Zion Country were ominous if not dramatic. Because of the wide open expanse of the landscapes, three panoramas were necessary to capture it all.

 

The fading sun sets on Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

The fading sun sets on Hurricane Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

The fading sun sets on Gooseberry Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

The fading sun sets on Hurricane Mesa near Zion National Park, Utah

 

Storm clouds threaten the Northern Arizona landcape near Colorado City


Clouds and Fog at Zion Country- Day One

The storm that ravaged California the past few days made its way to Southern Utah as I hoped and provided some great photo ops and much needed moisture.

Gooseberry Mesa Sunset

West Temple Fog

West Temple Fog

Mount Kinesava

Kolob Terrace Fog

Kolob Terrace Fog

Zion Smith Mesa_8769

Smith Mesa Color

Smithsonian Butte

Gooseberry Mesa Sunset

Fog Shrouded Trees

Utah Farm

Zion Eagle Crags