This plateau, however, is not a plain, but contains many buttes and mesas and isolated mountain ranges rising from 1000 to 8000 ft.
This is the history of the mesas, which are the most characteristic scenic feature of the highlands.
above the valleys; the latter and the flat tops of the mesas are sometimes covered with a scanty soil and a sparse growth of grass.
The open plains, "mesas," and plateaus of the north support large herds of cattle, and several cattle ranches have been established on the Meta and its tributaries.
This vegetation, covering plains, mesas, and even extending up the sides of the mountains, gives the entire landscape the greyish or dull olive colour characteristic of the Great Basin.