The term "trap" has been used in geology since 1785–95 for rock formations. It is derived from the Swedish word for stairs (trapp , trappa) and refers to the step-like hills forming the landscape of the region. The plateau: also called a high plain or tableland, is an area of highland, usually consisting of relatively flat terrain. A plateau is an elevated land. It is a flat-topped table standing above the surrounding area. A plateau may have one or more sides with steep slopes. LIP – Large Igneous provinces. (Province = Area / Region) DVP - The Deccan Volcanic Province is one of the Earth’s giant continental flood basalts and has a total exposed area of about half a million square kilometers in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat and some part of Andhra Pradesh. Deccan trap has maximum thickness 3400m in western ghat and its thickness goes decrease toward east side. At Amrakantat on east its thickness is just 160m. Geographical distribution is between latitudes 16° - 24° N and longitudes 70° - 77° E.