View from the Mount Wycheproof lookout
|Elevation||148 metres (486 ft) AHD |
|Prominence||43 metres (141 ft) AHD|
|Location||Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia|
|Range||Terrick Terrick Range|
Mount Wycheproof is a mountain located in the small town of Wycheproof, Victoria, Australia. Standing at 43 metres (141 ft) above the surrounding terrain, Mount Wycheproof has the distinction of being the smallest registered mountain in the world. The township of Wycheproof is located on the mountain, and a unique geological substance known as Wycheproofite is exclusive to the local area.
The township of Wycheproof is located on the mountain's south western slopes The settlement was started as early as 1846, but the township was not surveyed until 1875. The name 'Wycheproof' originates from the local Aboriginal language, 'wichi-poorp', meaning 'grass on a hill'. The mountain plays a role in the local community, with annual races to the summit of the mountain being played. There are many walking tracks in the area, and local wildlife such as emus and kangaroos can be seen.
Mount Wycheproof is a granite outcrop, formed thousands of years ago. Located in a flat grassland area, the rounded terrain of Mount Wycheproof is consistent with that of the surrounding area. Sharing several similarities to nearby Pyramid Hill, Mount Wycheproof is part of the low lying Terrick Terrick range. The mountain rises to a height of 148 metres (486 ft) above sea level or only 43 metres (141 ft) above the surrounding plains, making it the smallest registered mountain in the world. The mountain is characterised by a rocky, conical peak, common in the western areas of Victoria. Phosphate materials are relatively rare in Victoria, yet the Wycheproof area is known to have its own unique mineral, known as Wycheproofite. Wycheproofite can be characterised by its pinkish colour and its transparency.
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