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Dome-like rounded mogotes in Viñales Valley, Cuba.

Mogotes are generally isolated steep-sided residual hills, which are composed of either limestone, marble, or dolomite and surrounded by nearly flat alluvial plains. These hills typically have a rounded, tower-like form.


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.[1][2]



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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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