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Buttes are geographical landforms that have steep sides and a relatively flat top. Along with plateaus and mesas, these table-like landforms are not mistaken for. Different buttes are seen throughout North America.


Buttes have relatively flat, narrow tops. The sides are fairly vertical and the structure is made of soft rock. Buttes are smaller than mesas, plateaus, and other table-like geographical features.


Buttes are formed by erosion of geographical rock features such as mesas. Continued weathering and erosion causes buttes to get its shape.


The word butte is derived from the French word meaning "small hill". This is ironic because even a large hill will not equal the size of a butte, though the size of a butte is relatively small to mesas and plateaus.