Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Relative Height

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2045

The relative height is the difference between the absolute heights of two arbitrary points or surfaces. The heights of mountains can be categorized by determining the elevations of other points relative to the elevation of any hypothetical point. Travel geoscientists usually use the difference in elevation between a mountain surface and the peak as the relative height of the mountain to classify a mountain as a low mountain, medium-high mountain, high mountain, or extremely high mountain. For example, the relative height of Huangshan is greater than 1,000 m, so it should be called a high mountain.

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