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ridge +‎ line


ridgeline (plural ridgelines)

  1. The topmost edge along a mountain ridge.
    To either side there are beautiful views from the trail along the ridgeline.
    • Federal Aviation Administration, Rotorcraft Flying Handbook, →ISBN, Skyhorse Publishing, 2007, p. 10-8 [1]
      A ridgeline is a long area from which the surface drops away steeply on one or two sides, such as a bluff or precipice.
    • Stewart M. Green, Rock Climbing Arizona, →ISBN, Globe Pequot, 1999, p. 77 [2]
      As the trail flattens out, it follows the draw up right to a saddle in the ridgeline.
    • John R. Nolon, Open Ground: Effective Local Strategies for Protecting Natural Resources, →ISBN, Environmental Law Institute, 2003, p. 29 [3]
      Surface runoff from ridgeline development can contaminate rivers and streams that supply drinking water downstream.
    • Zoning regulations of the Town of Clinton, New York, §2.5, cited in [4]
      These ridgelines and hilltops are exceptional aesthetic and ecological resources, visible from many perspectives and distances.
    • Margaret Weis, Master of Dragons, →ISBN, Macmillan, 2005, ch. 34 [5]
      Standing atop the ridgeline, King Edward watched the nightmare scenario he himself had predicted.