Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Cuesta (Monoclinal Mountain)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_432
Cuestas develop in mountainous areas with monoclinic structures. A monocline is a damaged limb of an anticline or syncline. A cuesta is characterised by mountain features oriented along the trend of the strata and has two asymmetrical slopes; one is steep and short, and the other is gentle and long. The steep face is the front slope, and the bedding is nearly vertical. The back slope is a gentle slope, and it runs parallel to and conforms to the regional dip (Fig. 60).
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