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Dome-like rounded mogotes in Viñales Valley, Cuba

A mogote (/məˈɡti/)[1] is a generally isolated steep-sided residual hill composed of either limestone, marble, or dolomite. Mogotes are surrounded by nearly flat alluvial plains. These hills typically have a rounded, tower-like form. Several mogotes along a ridge are called pepinos.[2]


This term is used for hills, isolated or linked, with very steep—almost vertical—walls, surrounded by alluvial plains, in the tropics regardless of whether the carbonate strata in which they have formed is folded or not.[3][4]



  1. ^ "mogote - Definition of mogote in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries - English.
  2. ^ BALGHIN, W. G. V.; COLEMAN, A. (5 March 1965). "Puerto Rico". Geography. 50 (3): 274–286. JSTOR 40567047.
  3. ^ Neuendorf, K. K. E., J. P. Mehl, Jr., and J. A. Jackson, 2005, Glossary of Geology, 5th ed. American Geological Institute, Alexandria, Virginia. 779 p. ISBN 0-922152-76-4
  4. ^ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2002, A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special Reference to Environmental Karst Hydrology (2002 Edition). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Washington Office, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/R-02/003. 221 p.

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