What is a mountain?

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Re: What is a mountain?

by Woodswalker » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:46 am

surgent wrote:
Woodswalker wrote:Oxford English Dictionary:
mountain - A large natural elevation of the earth's surface, esp. one high and steep in form (larger and higher than a hill) and with a summit of relatively small area.

Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictioinary:
mountain - a land mass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is higher than a hill.


This begs the question, "what is a hill?". The answer, of course, is a land mass that projects conspicuously above its surroundings and is lower than a mountain.

"Mountain" will never be a well-defined term. There'd be no use trying, since any attempt at a definition would have compelling counter-arguments.

Leave your definitions behind, Grasshopper, embrace the ambiguity. :wink:

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Re: What is a mountain?

by Fletch » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:23 am

Deep thoughts.

When it comes to stewed prunes, are two enough, three too many?

Tough to say.

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