A ridge is a long chain of mountains that have a crest close to the same height and not broken-up by deep passes or cols. Usually they run for some distance, even for many miles, and are sometimes referred to as a single mountain.

But ridges also refer to the crests that radiate out and down from a mountain peak (i.e. a summit ridge), usually in three different directions, and continue down into a pass, valley, or high plateau as in Tibet. This type of ridge is most prevalent in folded mountains.

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