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Butte is a French term meaning “hillock,” which is generally a very high hill with a flat top and steep sides. Buttes usually are bordered by flat plains and are common geologic features in the semi-arid American Southwest.

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"Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, San Juan County, NM, 2009," photograph, New Mexico Centennial Project, Hubbard Museum of the American West (2010.01.123).

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