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Sandstone Buttes in Northern Arizona, USA

35.3N 110.3W

November 27th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

USA - November 15th, 2009

USA - November 15th, 2009

Clusters of high sandstone buttes characterize this part of the Colorado Plateau in Navajo County, in the state of Arizona, USA. The largest buttes in this orthorectified image reach 6400 feet above the valley floor.

A butte is a conspicuous isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top; it is smaller than mesas, plateaus, and tables. In some regions the word is used for any hill; however, in differentiating mesas and buttes, geographers use the rule that a mesa has a top wider than its height, while a butte’s top is narrower.

The buttes here are located in Navajo County, in the northern part of Arizona. The county contains parts of the Hopi Indian reservation, the Navajo Indian Reservation and Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 9,959 square miles (25,795 km²), of which, 9,953 square miles (25,779 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (16 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

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