Salient (geography)

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A salient is a term for an elongated arm-like protrusion of a geopolitical entity, such as a subnational entity or a sovereign state.

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The term salient is derived from military salients. While similar to a peninsula in shape, a salient is not surrounded by water on three sides and connected to a geographical mainland. Instead, it is delimited by a land border on at least two sides and extends out from the larger geographical body of the administrative unit.

The salient shape is the result of arbitrarily drawn international or subnational boundaries, although the location of some administrative borders takes into account other considerations such as economic ties or topography.

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