The plateaus cover about 18% of the earth’s surface.

This landform has a large elevated area on its top unlike a mountain and has nearly even surface out there.

Very often rivers or streams cut out deep valleys and gorges in a plateau region.

A plateau however remains much higher above the sea level of the nearby areas.

Though, normally 600 metres above sea level, there are plateau of Tibet and Bolivia, more than 3600 metres above sea level.



On the basis of their geographical location and structure of rocks, the plateaus can be classified as:

[A] Intermontane Plateaus

[B] Piedmont Plateaus

[C] Continental Plateaus