These are formed either by an extensive continental uplift or by the spread of horizontal basic lava sheets completely covering the original topography to a great depth.
The volcanic lava covered plateau of Maharashtra in India, Snake River Plateau in North West USA are examples of this type.
These are also, called the plateau of accumulation.
All continental plateaus show an abrupt elevation in contrast to the nearby lowland or the sea.
As compared to others, these plateaus cover a vast area like the Great Indian Plateau and those of Arabia, Spain, Greenland, Africa, and Australia.
They may be tilted on one side without any disturbance in the horizontal nature of underlying rock strata as in the case of the Great Indian plateau.
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