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]] In geology and earth science, a plateau, also called a high plain or tableland, is an area of highland, usually consisting of relatively flat terrain. A highly eroded 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 5000 m 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. , Colombia is located in a high plateau, over 8,600 ft (2,600 m) high]]

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Diagram showing plateaus.
See also Plateau

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English

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Etymology

From French plateau, diminutive of plat (a plate); see plate.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
plateau

Plural
plateaus or plateaux

plateau (plural plateaus or plateaux)

  1. A largely level expanse of land at a high elevation; tableland.
  2. A comparatively stable level in something that varies.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to plateau

Third person singular
plateaus

Simple past
plateaued

Past participle
plateaued

Present participle
plateauing

to plateau (third-person singular simple present plateaus, present participle plateauing, simple past and past participle plateaued)

  1. (intransitive) Reach a stable level; level off.

French

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Pronunciation

Noun

plateau m. (plural plateaux)

  1. flat area
  2. tray
  3. (geography) plateau

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Simple English

A plateau is an area of raised land that is flat on top. The biggest, tallest plateau in the world is the Tibetan Plateau. A plateau with a lot of erosion is called a dissected plateau. A plateau that is also a volcano is called a volcanic plateau. Some plateaus are under the ocean, like the Seychelles plateau or the Ontong Java Plateau. Plateaus are often by themselves with no other plateaus around, sometimes standing on top of mountains.


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