Iron Mountain (Sangre de Cristo Range)

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Iron Mountain
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Iron Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 11,416 ft (3,480 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 1,951 ft (595 m) [2]
Isolation 6.95 mi (11.18 km) [2]
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Coordinates 37°38′15″N105°15′14″W / 37.6375066°N 105.2538925°W / 37.6375066; -105.2538925 Coordinates: 37°38′15″N105°15′14″W / 37.6375066°N 105.2538925°W / 37.6375066; -105.2538925 [3]
Geography
Location Costilla and Huerfano counties, Colorado, United States [3]
Parent range Sangre de Cristo Range [2]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Red Wing, Colorado [3]

Iron Mountain is a prominent mountain summit in the southern Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 11,416-foot (3,480 m) peak is located 3.9 miles (6.2 km) west-northwest (bearing 296°) of the North La Veta Pass, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide between Costilla and Huerfano counties. [1] [2] [3]

In topography, prominence measures the height of a mountain or hill's summit relative to the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it. It is a measure of the independence of a summit. A peak's key col is a unique point on this contour line and the parent peak is some higher mountain, selected according to various objective criteria.

Mountain A large landform that rises fairly steeply above the surrounding land over a limited area

A mountain is a large landform that rises above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism. These forces can locally raise the surface of the earth. Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather conditions, and glaciers. A few mountains are isolated summits, but most occur in huge mountain ranges.

Summit A point on a surface that is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it, in topography

A summit is a point on a surface that is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. The topographic terms acme, apex, peak, and zenith are synonymous.

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References

  1. 1 2 The elevation of Iron Mountain includes an adjustment of +1.436 m (+4.71 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Iron Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Iron Mountain". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 20, 2014.