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What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« on: March 12, 2019, 12:46:43 PM »
This is a more complex question that it may seem at first glance.

It can’t simply be a certain elevation number, or small rises on high plains could qualify as mountains, right?

Does it have to do with rise from surrounding terrain?  If so, what’s the break-off point? Three thousand feet above the surrounding level is a mountain, but 2,990 feet only make a hill?

Please, weigh in with your take on the subject.
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2019, 12:54:12 PM »
in the UK, a mountain is anything over 1000 feet. We don't have very big hills over here.
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2019, 01:30:06 PM »

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 01:54:38 PM »
Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism.
Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather
conditions, and glaciers over time to form hills.
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2019, 02:19:20 PM »
in the UK, a mountain is anything over 1000 feet. We don't have very big hills over here.


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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2019, 02:25:32 PM »
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2019, 02:27:08 PM »

Here's an image worth maybe 2,000 then.  The hill in the foreground with the cross is a local landmark known as Mt Helix.  Its peak is at about 1,300 feet above sea level.

The big rocky outcropping on the top left is El Capitan* at 3,600 feet, and it's generally referred to as a hill.

The ridge on the top center-right is the Cuyamaca Mountain range, at 6,000+ feet.  Everybody agrees those are mountains.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2019, 02:30:21 PM »
Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism.
Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather
conditions, and glaciers over time to form hills.


At what exact moment does a mountain erode far enough to be considered a hill?
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2019, 02:50:56 PM »
We have Mount Monadnock here in our area.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Monadnock

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 My wife who lived in Colorado, specifically Boulder, Denver and Nederland for many years before returning to New England said pffft, that's a hill.

I believe its all a matter of perspective.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2019, 02:52:05 PM »
Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism.
Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather
conditions, and glaciers over time to form hills.


At what exact moment does a mountain erode far enough to be considered a hill?

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What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2019, 06:24:22 PM »
Hills are round at the top and mountains are pointy!  :bigok:
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2019, 07:08:56 PM »
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2019, 07:09:55 PM »
in the UK, a mountain is anything over 1000 feet. We don't have very big hills over here.


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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2019, 07:19:03 PM »
Beaumont, Texas. French for beautiful mountain. 23' above sea level. Less than 50 miles from the Gulf Coast. The Rainbow Bridge from Port Arthur to Bridge City is 230' high. Bar ditches are typically 3-4' deep. Anything more than a 1% grade is good by me.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2019, 08:41:17 PM »
Hills are round at the top and mountains are pointy!  :bigok:



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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2019, 04:59:28 AM »
You should be able to easily walk up a hill but not a mountain. The older I get the more I realize there are mountains everywhere.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2019, 05:59:22 AM »
A B cup vs. a DD cup.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2019, 07:43:41 AM »
I know some people who are good at making mountains out of the hills....
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #22 on: March 13, 2019, 07:54:38 AM »
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #23 on: March 13, 2019, 11:02:24 AM »
You should be able to easily walk up a hill but not a mountain. The older I get the more I realize there are mountains everywhere.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2019, 05:35:57 PM »
You should be able to easily walk up a hill but not a mountain. The older I get the more I realize there are mountains everywhere.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2019, 11:36:58 AM »
Late to this party but my understanding is a hill is 2000' or less above the surrounding terrain. Poteau, Oklahoma claims the world's highest hill at 1999'.

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2019, 12:45:56 PM »
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2019, 12:41:52 PM »
I grew up in Colorado so the answer is easy - Mountains have snow at the top and form glaciers for at least some part of the year.
No sustained snowy peak = a hill of some sort.
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2019, 10:00:35 PM »
I grew up in Colorado so the answer is easy - Mountains have snow at the top and form glaciers for at least some part of the year.
No sustained snowy peak = a hill of some sort.


So then Mt Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous USA, higher than any peak in Colorado) only rates as a hill since no part of it remains covered in snow year-round?
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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2019, 10:26:19 PM »
I grew up in Colorado so the answer is easy - Mountains have snow at the top and form glaciers for at least some part of the year.
No sustained snowy peak = a hill of some sort.


So then Mt Whitney (the highest peak in the contiguous USA, higher than any peak in Colorado) only rates as a hill since no part of it remains covered in snow year-round?

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« Reply #31 on: Today at 10:54:03 AM »
Been waiting to post this...

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Re: What’s the definition of a mountain vs a hill?
« Reply #32 on: Today at 11:11:27 AM »
Been waiting to post this...

If I have to explain it, you won’t understand.

Ah.. the old I-can't-explain-it-so-blow-it-off ploy used by riders of a certain marque?