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A view of Chapada Diamantina National Park in Bahia, Brazil

A chapada (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʃaˈpadɐ]) is a plateau found in the Brazilian Highlands. The chapadas, which are usually described as mountain ranges, are capped by horizontal strata of sandstone and show the original surface, which has been worn away by the rivers, leaving here and there broad flat-topped ridges between river basins and narrower ranges of hills between river courses. From the valleys their rugged, deeply indented escarpments, stretching away to the horizon, have the appearance of a continuous chain of mountains.[1]

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Coordinates: 28°03′18″S 53°04′04″W / 28.05500°S 53.06778°W / -28.05500; -53.06778


  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLamoureux, Brazil Jackson (1911). "Brazil" . In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 440.

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