Line parent

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A peak's line parent is the closest higher peak on the highest ridge leading away from the peak's "key col". A col is the lowest point on the ridge between two summits and is synonymous with pass, gap, saddle and notch. A peak's "key col" is the lowest point on the ridge which connects the peak and a higher peak. If there is more than one ridge which can be followed to a higher peak then the line parent is the peak closest to the key col. Usually, a line parent must meet some prominence criteria, which might vary depending on the author and the location of the peak.[1][2][3]

There are at least two other kinds of peak parentage. Island parentage, which is also referred to as encirclement or topographic parentage; and source parentage.[1]

See also[edit]

Topographic prominence


  1. ^ a b "Explanation of line parent". Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Line parent". Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  3. ^ " Help and Glossary: Line Parent". Retrieved 2001-08-31. 

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