Mountains of Vermont
topography : the
landscape, or the way that the land looks.
It includes all of the natural or "man-made" features on the
surface of the earth, like lakes, rivers, and mountains.
prominent : the most common element and visually evident physical feature on an area's topography.
notch : places in long mountain chains where the elevation is lower and it is easier to get across.
hogback : a
series of small hills
plateau : a very high, wide, upland plain.
alpine zone : areas found on high mountain peaks containing plant life usually found far to the north in Arctic climates.
arctic : the harsh and extremely cold climate found in areas within the arctic circle, which is between the north pole and 65 degrees north latitude.
"mountain rule" : an informal way that the early settlers in Vermont chose their elected officials where political offices were shared by the eastern and western sides of the state.