[Tagging] Mapping large areas (was natural=????)

Tod Fitch tod at fitchdesign.com
Fri Sep 13 02:49:39 UTC 2013

Sounds like a definition set by politicians. :)

I can think of a number of areas in the US west that would count as mountains by that definition if approached from one direction but not the other. Mogollon Rim for one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mogollon_Rim


On Sep 12, 2013, at 1:49 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:

> 2013/9/12 Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2 at obviously.com>
> What's a mountain what's a desert?  Depends where you are.
> well, wikipedia says: "Deserts generally receive less than 250 millimetres (10 in) of rain (precipitation) each year.[1] Semideserts or steppes are regions which receive between 250 millimetres (10 in) and 400 to 500 millimetres (16 to 20 in)." and states that the biggest desert on earth is the antarctic desert (quite different setting from what one usually thinks about by the term desert, isn't it?)
> For mountains it seems indeed relative, although the UN has a universal definition for "mountainous environment" (also from WP), any of these:
> Elevation of at least 2,500 m (8,200 ft);
> Elevation of at least 1,500 m (4,900 ft), with a slope greater than 2 degrees;
> Elevation of at least 1,000 m (3,300 ft), with a slope greater than 5 degrees;
> Elevation of at least 300 m (980 ft), with a 300 m (980 ft) elevation range within 7 km (4.3 mi).
> cheers,
> Martin
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