Mensa (geology)


In planetary geology, a mensa /ˈmɛnsə/ (pl. mensae /ˈmɛns/) is a flat-topped prominence with cliff-like edges.[1] The term is derived from the Latin word for table, and has the same root as the Spanish word for table, mesa. Mensa is used in the same manner as mesa is used in the Southwest United States.[2]


  1. ^ "Descriptor Terms (Feature Types)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^ Kieffer, H H, ed. (1992). Mars. The University of Arizona Press. p. 1311. ISBN 0-8165-1257-4. Retrieved 11 February 2017.