from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An extensive stretch of high ground from each side of which the river systems of a continent flow in opposite directions.
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- n. A line of elevated terrain that divides a watershed or a continent, so that water flowing on either side eventually travel to separate bodies of water.
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While wandering around up there we'll also cover the Flattop Mountain Trail from below Fifty Mountain Camp to the middle of the Waterton Valley and the West Flattop Mountain Trail from the continental divide to Dixon Glacier.
The Northern Pacific railroad crosses the continental divide twenty miles west of Helena, at an elevation of 5573 feet; the Great Northern main line crosses at an elevation of 5202, and the Montana Central, a branch of the last-named system, near Butte, at an elevation of 6343.