CUESTA. A cuesta is a hill or ridge with one face steep and the opposite face gently sloping. The term, from Spanish, is used by geologists to describe a feature of Texas topography. When strata are tilted, the more resistant layers form cuestas, or hogbacks, with the dip slopes of the upper surfaces forming one flank and the escarpment where the resistant rock breaks off forming the other. On the lower slopes, where the rocks are less resistant, are more gentle gradients. Place names in Texas that incorporate the term include Cuesta del Burro in Presidio County and Cuesta Blanca in Brewster County.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Henry T. Fletcher, "Cuesta," accessed May 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/pfc03.
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