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Fraser
2017-Jan-31, 09:40 PM
The geological feature known as a "butte" (French for "small hill") is quite common to Earth, and planets like Mars as well.
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Trebuchet
2017-Feb-01, 12:56 AM
There's one in Montana, much of which has been swallowed by a hole in the ground.

Buttercup
2017-Feb-01, 01:45 AM
Same as a mesa?

PetersCreek
2017-Feb-01, 03:51 AM
We have one just a few minutes north of us, on the Glenn Highway...and appropriately enough, it's in a community area called Butte (https://www.google.com/maps/@61.521446,-149.0633633,218a,20y,3.94h,83.51t/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en).

Trebuchet
2017-Feb-01, 06:14 AM
The definition seems to be pretty flexible. When I lived in Montana I generally thought of it by a definition similar to the UT post -- straight sides, flat top, not large. But the one in the eponymous town is more pointy. And in Oregon, there's a small mountain called "Black Butte" which is conical, because it's a cinder cone.

geonuc
2017-Feb-02, 11:45 AM
It's not just butte. The definitions of hill and mountain are imprecise and the terms are often absurdly applied. We have a granitic outcrop near Atlanta named Arabia Mountain. It's height is less than 200 feet above a small lake near the base, which is more or less the local elevation. Hardly a mountain.

You could say the same for a whole lot of descriptors: range, canyon, bay, river, stream, valley, desert, and more.

Swift
2017-Feb-02, 02:20 PM
It's not just butte. The definitions of hill and mountain are imprecise and the terms are often absurdly applied. We have a granitic outcrop near Atlanta named Arabia Mountain. It's height is less than 200 feet above a small lake near the base, which is more or less the local elevation. Hardly a mountain.

You could say the same for a whole lot of descriptors: range, canyon, bay, river, stream, valley, desert, and more.
I'm always amused by how many cities in Northeast Ohio are named "heights" or "hills": Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Willoughby Hills, Moreland Hills, Kirtland Hills, Mayfield Heights, Broadview Heights, etc. Heck, I live in Summit County. Yet all of it is between 600 and 1000 feet above sea level.

publiusr
2017-Feb-03, 10:39 PM
I think Barringer (Meteor Crater) was called both Canyon Diablo and Coon Butte.