Height of land

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The term height of land is used in Canada and the United States to refer to the divide between two river basins.[1] The term "height of land" was frequently used in border descriptions, where borders were set according to the "doctrine of natural boundaries".[2][3] In glaciated areas it often specifically refers to the low point on a divide where it is possible to portage a canoe from one river system to another.[4]

The name is enshrined at the Height of Land Portage which joined the Great Lakes to the rivers of western Canada.[5]

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  1. ^ Colombo, John Robert (16 December 2013). "Height of land". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Haynes, Mark (2004). The Forgotten Battle: A History of the Acadians of Canso/Chedabuctou (second ed.). Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing. pp. 102–103. ISBN 978-1-4120-3235-3. 
  3. ^ Dikshit, Ramesh Dutta (1999). Political Geography: the Spatiality of Politics (3rd ed.). New Delhi: McGraw-Hill. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-07-463578-0. 
  4. ^ Decker, Jody F. (2011). "Portages". In Wishart, David J. Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. 
  5. ^ Shelley, Fred M. (2013). Nation Shapes: The Story Behind the World's Borders. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. pp. 173, 242. ISBN 978-1-61069-105-5. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Decker, Jody F., and Freeman, Donald B. (1993). "The Role of Portages in Shaping the Economic Geography of the Western Canadian Fur Trade, 1774–1820". In Gibson, James R. Canada: Geographical Interpretations: Essays in Honour of John Warkentin. York University–Atkinson College Geographical Monograph 22. North York, Ontario: Geography Department, York University. pp. 31–67. ISBN 978-1-55014-134-4.