Some major Plateaus of the world

Major plateaus of the World


The Tibetan plateau– this is the highest, largest and most famous plateau in the world; it is located in South-Central Asia and Stretches through the countries of Tibet, China, and India. It is 1,000 km. north to south and 2,000 km. east to west and covers an area of 2,500,000km2(970,000sq mi); with a flat valley floor which at about 16,000 feet above sea level.

The Columbia Plateau– The Columbia Plateauis located in parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho states of the U.S. It is surrounded by the Cascade Range and Rocky Mountains and it is divided by the Columbia River.

The Hardangervidda Plateau– The Hardangervidda Plateau has elevation covers an area of about 6,500km2and has an average elevation of 1,100 meters and 1,690mwhen viewed from a central position. It is one of the largest plateaus in Europe located at a distance of about 200 km to the west of Oslo in the Hardanger region of western Norway. Northwest of the plateau is bordered by one of the largest glaciers of Norway.

The Antarctic PlateauThis plateau is located in Central Antarctica and cuts across parts of the South Pole and the Amundsen Scott Station. This plateau covers an area of 1,000km2and has its highest elevation of about 3,000m above sea level.

The Colorado Plateau– TheColorado Plateau includes Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. It is divided by the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. It is the largest plateau in America, and it covers an area of 337,000km2and its highest elevation is about 2,450m above sea level.

Ethiopian Highland– This the highest plateau in Africa, it covers the central part of Ethiopia and forms the largest continuous area of its altitude in the continent, with little of its surface falling below 1500m (4,921ft), above sea level. Ethiopian Highland has its height at 4550m above sea level.

Table Mountain– Table Mountainis a prominent landform located in Cape Town in South Africa. It is located at the northern end of the Sandstone Mountain Range. To its south is the part of the range known as the Back Table. It is a level plateau measuring 3m from side to side.

TheDeccan Plateau– The Deccan Plateau covers an area of 500,000km2; it is a large plateau, which cuts across eight states of India. It is bordered by two mountain ranges, the Western Ghats and the Eastern, it is 100m in the north, but higher in the south.

The Atherton Tableland– TheAtherton Tablelandis located in Queensland, Australia. It covers an area of 32,000km2and has an elevation of 500 to 1,280m above sea level.

The Potohar Plateau– ThePotohar Plateau is located in the northeastern part of Pakistan. The plateau is bordered by the Jehlum River to the east, by the Indus River to the west, by the Margalla Hills and the Kala Chitta Range to the north, and by the Salt Range to the south. The plateau encompasses four districts which include Jehlum, Chakwal, Rawalpindi and Attock.

The Brazilian Plateau– the Brazilian Plateauis a large plateau that covers almost half of Brazil. The Brazilian Highland is divided into three plateaus. The Atlantic Plateau located at the eastern coast of Brazil.