The Jos Plateau is thought to be an area of younger granite which was intruded through an area of older granite rock, making up the surrounding states.
These "younger" granites are thought to be about 160 million years old.
Under the military administration of General Yakubu Gowon, the country was further divided into nineteen states in 1976 and Plateau State was created from Benue-Plateau covering the area of the original Plateau Province.
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Tin mining activities began in 1902 under the British and continue to the present day. Local Government is headed by a chairman, who is the chief executive, while his cabinet consists of elected councilors who make up the legislative arm.
The Plateau State administrative structure consists of the State Cabinet, the House of Assembly and Local Government Areas. Plateau State is also divided into chiefdoms and emirates, each encompassing ethnic groups who share common affinities.
Years of tin mining have also left the area strewn with deep gorges and lakes.