A hill chain, sometimes also hill ridge, is an elongated line of hills that usually includes a succession of more or less prominent hilltops, domed summits or kuppen, hill ridges and saddles and which, together with its associated lateral ridges and branches, may form a complex topographic structure. It may occur within a hill range, within an area of low rolling hill country or on a plain. It may link two or more otherwise distinct hill ranges. The transition from a hill chain to a mountain chain is blurred and depends on regional definitions of a hill or mountain. For example, in the UK and Ireland a mountain must officially be 600 m (2,000 ft) or higher,[1][2] whereas in North America mountains are often (unofficially) taken as being 1,000 ft (300 m) high or more.[3]

The Malvern Hills, a hill chain rising from the plain in west-central England

The chain-like arrangement of hills in a chain is a consequence of their collective formation by mountain building forces or ice age earth movements. Hill chains generally have a uniform geological age, but may comprise several types of rock or sediment.

Hill chains normally form a watershed. They are crossed by roads that often use a natural saddle in the terrain.


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    • Wilson, Peter (2001). "Listing the Irish hills and mountains" (PDF). Irish Geography. Coleraine: University of Ulster. 34 (1): 89. doi:10.1080/00750770109555778. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 June 2013.
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  3. ^ "What is the difference between lake and pond; mountain and hill; or river and creek?". USGS. Archived from the original on 9 May 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  4. ^ Leggiere 2007, p. 122.
  5. ^ Bünz 2008, p. 131.
  6. ^ _ 1940, p. 61.


  • _ (1940). Proceedings/Geologists' Association. Vol. 51.
  • Bünz, Enno (2008). Ostsiedlung und Landesausbau in Sachsen. Leipzig: LUV.
  • Leggiere, Michael V. (2007). The Fall of Napoleon, Vol. 1. Cambridge: CUP.

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