How high the hill ought to be so we may call it a mountain?
Some authorities define a mountain as a peak with a topographic prominence over a defined value: for example, according to the Britannica Student Encyclopedia, the term "generally refers to rises over 2,000 feet (610 m)". The Encyclopdia Britannica, on the other hand, does not prescribe any height, merely stating that "the term has no standardized geological meaning".
In England and Wales the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has defined "mountain" (as a mass noun) as all land over 600 metres for the purposes of right to roam legislation. This is a close metric equivalent of 2,000 feet (610 m). The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 does no ...more