Definition of cuesta in English:

cuesta

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɛstə
 
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noun

Geology
  • A ridge with a gentle slope (dip) on one side and a steep slope (scarp) on the other.
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    • These form light coloured, erosionally resistant cuestas including Jabal Kawr and several smaller mountains south of Al Hamra.
    • The Poison Strip Sandstone begins with this sandstone unit and contains other prominent cliff-forming, coarse-grained to conglomeratic sandstone units that cap many cuestas in the area.
    • Observation of these remnants, and early enthusiasm for erosion surfaces, probably caused many phantom surfaces to be reported, although bevelled cuestas are real.

Origin

early 19th century (originally a US term for a steep slope at the edge of a plain): from Spanish, 'slope', from Latin costa 'rib, flank'.

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