In topography, prominence, also known as autonomous height, relative height or shoulder drop (in America) or prime factor (in Europe), is a concept that is used in the categorization of hills and mountains, also known as peaks. It is a measure of the independent stature of a summit.
The prominence of a peak is the height of the peak’s summit above the lowest contour line encircling it and no higher summit.
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- http://www.peaklist.org a website about mountain prominence, with lists and/or maps covering the entire world down to 1500m of prominence (the "ultras").
- Edward Earl’s article on Topographic Prominence
- Mountain Hierarchy using Prominence Islands