Continental plateau


Continental plateau

Continental Plateaus are formed by a broad continental upliftment.

These Plateaus are also formed when basic lava spreads horizontally to cover 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.

In comparison to the surrounding lowland or the sea, all continental plateaus display an abrupt elevation.

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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